Crowds go back in time for Roman spectacular

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CROWDS gathered at Caerleon Amphitheatre over the Bank Holiday weekend for a Roman re-enactment and two days of ancient entertainment.

The National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon welcomed a display from a small-scale Roman army, as soldiers displayed the weapons which made them one of the most feared fighting forces.

Empire: A Roman Spectacular event comes as part of a month packed full of Roman-themed events and activities at the museum, which celebrated 2,000 years since the first Roman emperor, Augustus, died on August 9.

On Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, families sat out in the dry weather and enjoyed a modern twist on ancient entertainment as fire eaters, jugglers and dancers performed.

The Roman remains in Caerleon include a fortress wall, barrack buildings and Roman baths which are preserved in a museum.

Caerleon’s amphitheatre, the best preserved example in Britain, is believed to have once seated up to six thousand spectators.

The next event to come to the museum will be an enamelling workshop on Saturday, September 13, where visitors will be able to have a go at making their own horse decorations.

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