Roman Army School 2013
This was the 38th residential meeting. It was held at St Chad's College University of Durham.
The speakers were:- David Breeze, Richard Bridgland, Jonathan Eaton, Adrian Goldsworthy, Erik Graafstal, Richard Hingley, Birgitta Hoffmann, Lawrence Keppie, Kurt Kleemann, Mike Macdona, Val Maxfield, Adam Parker, Graham Sumner, Matt Symonds, Paolo Trezzi, Jorit Wintjes, David Woolliscroft and Chris Young.
For the first time the Hadrianic Society's excursion to the Wall was open to those attending the Roman Army School.
Saturday 23 March
9.00-4.30pm Trip to Maryport and Tullie House Museum
8.30-9.15pm Members' Reminiscences of Brian
Sunday 24 March
9.00-10.30am Val Maxfield On the relationship between literary sources
11.00-12.15pm David Breeze The long shadow of the 1930s on Hadrian's
2.30-4.00pm Richard Hingley Indigenous People and the Northern Frontier
Chris Young Management of Roman Frontiers as Monuments
Jorit Wintjes Navy Ranking
4.30-5.30pm David Wooliscroft More Geophysical Surveys from Scotland
Mike Macdona Vegetius and the Bucinator
8.30-9.15pm Birgitta Hoffmann The Gothic Siege of Rome
Monday 25 March
9.00-10.30am Richard Bridgland Columns
Kurt Kleemann Prisoners of War
Lawrence Keppie Hadrian's Wall: the work of Emperor Hadrian?
11.00-12.15am Adam Parker Roman Jet in Britain
Paolo Trezzi Finds at Inchtuthil
2.30-5.30pm Free Time
8.30-9.15pm Jonathan Eaton The Political Role of Legionary Centurions
Tuesday 26 March (Chaired by David Breeze)
10.00-10.30am Erik Graafstal Thoughts on the Construction of Hadrian's
Ray Hunneysett Priority Milecastles and the Vallum
11.00-12.15pm Matt Symonds Another look at Fortlets
2.30-4.00pm Erik Graafstal Small installations and Transport Corridors
David Woolliscroft Roman Towers
4.30-5.30pm Round Table Discussion Small installations - their function and use
8.30-9.15pm Adrian Goldsworthy Augustus and the Roman Army
Wednesday 27 March
9.00-10.30am Graham Sumner Roman Soldiers: Uniformed Elite or Fashion
11.00-12.15pm Jorit Wintjes The Late Roman Fleet
12.30pm Lunch and disperse
Roman Army School 2012
The Roman Army School in 2012 ran from Saturday 31st March to Wednesday 4th April. It was held at Collingwood College, Durham instead of St. Aidans College.
This was the 37th residential meeting, run annually by the Hadrianic Society.
The Roman Army School course commenced at 7pm on Saturday evening with dinner in the Penthouse Suite, where we joined the Hadrianic Society members attending their reunion. The Roman Army School course then overlapped with the Hadrianic Society Reunion Weekend. The combined group attended the first lecture after dinner and two other sessions on Sunday morning. The Hadrianic Society reunion ended after Sunday lunch. The Army School then continued with sessions on Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening.
On Monday the Roman Army School continued with sessions in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. The exception was Monday afternoon when there was free time to rest or explore locally. There was a social gathering with drinks and nibbles on Tuesday evening instead of a lecture.
The course ended after lunch on Wednesday.
Saturday 31st March
8-30pm Tony Wilmott Roman Maryport
Sunday 1st April
9-15am Nick Hodgson The internal planning of auxiliary forts
11-00am Val Maxfield The Nile: A Roman Limes?
2-30pm David Woolliscroft Barri Jones and the Western Frontier
4-30pm Birgitta Hoffmann Septimius Severus versus Pescennius Niger
8-30pm Adrian Goldsworthy Cavalry tactics
Monday 2nd April
9-00am Mark Corby The army and campaigns of the emperor Maurice (AD 582-602). Was this still the Roman army?
11-00am Ed Valerio Heraclius: (AD610-641) Triumph to tragedy
2-00pm Free Time
8-30pm Matt Symonds Framing research? The aftermath of Frontiers of Knowledge
Tuesday 3rd April
9-00am Adrian Goldsworthy Forum Gallorum - eye-witness accounts and the legions at the end of the Republic
11-00am Kurt Kleemann The invisible men - Interpreters in the Roman army
2-30pm Birgitta Hoffmann The battle of the Milvian Bridge
4-30pm David Breeze Writing the frontiers: creating The Frontiers of Imperial Rome
8-30pm Wild Party.
Wednesday 4th April
9-00am Mike Macdona The practical Vegetius
11-00am Jorit Wintjes The "real" navy? The Misenum and Ravenna fleets in the Roman Empire
Roman Army School 2011
The 2011 Roman Army School was held at St. Aidan's College, Durham from Saturday 16th April to Wednesday 20th April.
This was the 36th residential meeting, run annually by the Hadrianic Society. The general theme was again "Enemies of Rome", one we used in 2010, although not all speakers took a related topic.
The speakers were :- Mark Corby, Brian Edwards, Adrian Goldsworthy, Nick Hodgson, Birgitta Hoffmann, Charles Jackman, Fernando Quesada Sanz, Matthew Symonds, Ed Valerio, Jorit Wintjes, and David Woolliscroft.
Saturday 16th April
8-30pm Matthew Symonds Crossing the line: controlling access on Hadrian's Wall
Sunday 17th April
09-15 David Woolliscroft New work in Scotland
11-00 Adrian Goldsworthy Secret river crossings by bandits - the Roman response
2-30 Birgitta Hoffmann The Roman army under siege - the Batavian Revolt
4-30 Brian Edwards Shimeon bar Kosiba, enemy of Rome
8-30 Fernando Quesada Sanz Weapons of Rome's Iberian enemies.
Monday 18th April
09-00 Mark Corby The First Jewish Revolt - Jerusalem and Masada
11-00 Adrian Goldsworthy Roman Cavalry - tactics, effectiveness and cost
2-30 Free time
7-00 Dinner8-30 Jorit Wintjes Roman provincial fleets - A new approach
Tuesday 19th April
9-00 Fernando Quesada Sanz Pitched battle tactics (not guerrilla) of Iberians and Celtiberians
11-00 Adrian Goldsworthy Antony's Parthian War and Actium campaign - an accident waiting to happen
2-30 Ed Valerio Justinian's Folly - retaking the West
4-30 Charles Jackman Training in the Roman army
8-30 Wild Party
Wednesday 20th April
9-00 Nick Hodgson Septimius Severus in Britain
11-00 Jorit Wintjes A riddle of the sands? Palmyra, Rome and the Sassanids