Franconia, a region steeped in rich history, holds remnants of the past that ignite fascination and spark the imagination. Recently, our fourth-grade students had the opportunity to step back in time as they met a Roman legionnaire. This special visit immersed them in history, granting firsthand knowledge about the lives and equipment of Roman foot soldiers.
The highlight of the visit was the chance to don authentic Roman chain mail. The students eagerly slipped into the armor, feeling its weight and texture. They were astonished to discover that it carried a staggering 17 kilograms! The iconic Roman helmet captivated their curiosity, and each student had the opportunity to wear it, immersing themselves in the world of these ancient warriors.
Throughout the visit, the legionnaire regaled the students with captivating stories and insights about Roman weaponry and tactics. Their inquisitive minds fueled a flurry of questions, delving into the weight of the armor, the significance of its various components, the reasons behind the legionnaires’ red tunica, and even the intricacies of their sandals. Every inquiry deepened their understanding of the lives led by these remarkable soldiers.
To culminate the visit, the students were invited to recreate a Roman formation known as the turtle. Collaboratively, they worked to master the coordination and discipline required to form an impenetrable wall of defense. This hands-on activity breathed life into ancient Roman tactics, fostering a profound admiration for the bravery and skill exhibited by these warriors of the past.