Characters help history come to life at the Roman
Visitors to the Roman Baths can now get even
more hands on with history following the introduction of two new
costumed characters by the Roman specialists at Bath & North
East Somerset Council.
This latest addition to the cast of
entertaining and educational performers will interact with visitors
to help them explore life in Roman times – particularly the lives
of Centurions and slaves.
Councillor Cherry Beath (Lib-Dem, Combe Down),
Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “Visitors can
meet two new characters dressed in authentic Roman outfits around
the Great Bath – as part of Bath & North East Somerset
Council’s imaginative approach to telling the story of the local
area in Roman times. This initiative is all about making history
accessible with the best of modern interpretation that appeals to
people of all ages.”
Stephen Clews, Manager of the Roman Baths,
said: “Our two new fascinating characters are Marcus Aufidius
Maximus and his freedman and former slave Marcus Aufidius Lemnus.
They will talk with visitors to the Baths about the military and
the role of slaves and freedmen in Roman society.
“They’re based on two inscribed altars from
the Temple Precinct which explain that Maximus is a Centurion from
Legio VI, which was based in York, and Lemnus is one of two
freedmen who took his name.”
Admission to Bath & North East Somerset
Council’s Roman Baths is free to local residents on production of a
Discovery Card. Normal entry prices apply to everyone else.
Residents of Bath & North East Somerset
Council can apply for a Discovery Card by taking along two forms of
ID to the following Council buildings: the Roman Baths; Riverside
in Keynsham; The Hollies in Midsomer Norton and also the Discovery
Card point in the new One Stop Shop at Lewis House, Bath.
For more details about the Roman Baths log on to the website
call 01225 477785.