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Tarraco Viva

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Tarraco Viva is one of the most complete historical festival in Europe and explores  the many facets of ancient roman history through seminars, workshops and historical recreations.

Following Nemesis

Following Nemesis

Tarraco Viva is an historical festival held annually in Tarragona,  which explores ancient roman culture through detailed presentations, workshops, debates, and historical re-enactments.

Vigilia Munus, Cena Libera

Vigilia Munus, Cena Libera

The origin of this can be traced back the the funerary rituals of the high ranking held in the necropolis by early Italic tribes; this involved sacrificial offerings made to the gods of the underworld, the DII INFERII, in the shape of bloody fights held on top of the grave in order to placate the spirits and help the deceased cross into the afterlife.

Tarraco Viva – the emperor’s funeral

Tarraco Viva – the emperor’s funeral

And so we arrive to the last act of this year’s  Tarraco Viva festival,  the funeral of  Emperor Augustus.  

Tarraco Viva – legions, thespians and music

Tarraco Viva – legions, thespians and music

Tarraco Viva has been building up over the weekend to its apex, showcasing the many different imaginative way to tell and teach about ancient Roman history.

Tarraco Viva –  Gladiators

Tarraco Viva – Gladiators

The world of gladiators is a fascinating and compelling tale, shrouded by deep sense of pathos but also fame and glory.

Tarraco Viva – Augustus the God

Tarraco Viva – Augustus the God

This is  the year Tarraco Viva comes of age, and the homage to Augustus has proven so far an exceptional platform enabling the spectator to explore in full the depth of  Roman society and its times.

Tarraco Viva – Bacchanalia, the return of Bacchus

Tarraco Viva – Bacchanalia, the return of Bacchus

A woman is let blindfolded on a stage lit by heavy candles where a secret ritual takes places,  dismembered piece of a sheep are offered to the gods and satyrs arrive leaping in the air accompanied by musicians and dancing maids.

Tarraco Viva – The cult of Isis and the ceremony of the sea

Tarraco Viva – The cult of Isis and the ceremony of the sea

The roman historical  immersion that is Tarraco Viva  in Tarragona continued last sunset on the sandy shores of Altafulla where the reconstruction group Nemesis ARQ presented the key elements of worship by the romans of the Egyptian goddess Isis to a public of over 500.

Tarraco Viva – Augustus and the power of the mask

Tarraco Viva – Augustus and the power of the mask

The centerpiece of the sixteenth edition of the Tarraco Viva festival  in Tarragona is the replica of the Ara Pacis, the Altar of Augustan Peace, faithfully recreated and centre stage of “Augustus and the power of the mask”, a one and half hour historical presentation given by the festival’s director Magí Seritjol, and based the life of the Emperor Augustus.

Tarraco Viva – death of Cesar

Tarraco Viva – death of Cesar

The ten days of historical introspection that is Tarraco Viva, concluded yesterday inside the large hall of Tarragona’s Palau del Congresso,  with the exploration of the death of Julius Cesar.

Tarraco Viva – at the Camp de Mart

Tarraco Viva – at the Camp de Mart

The Camp de Mart of Tarragona is one of the main venues of the Tarraco Viva festival. Situated next to the old roman walls this is where some of the most visual demonstration take place over the two weekends.

Tarraco Viva – what did the Romans eat?

Tarraco Viva – what did the Romans eat?

Tarraco Viva is about everything Roman, including the food, and  21 of the best restaurants in Tarragona are taking part  with individual taster menus,  whose recipes and ingredients are straight out of pages of  Roman cookbooks.

Tarraco Viva – Gladiators

Tarraco Viva – Gladiators

Under the storm brewing skies of Tarragona,  Tarraco Viva continues its exploration of the Roman world and one of the most iconic event is the Munera Gladiatora, the fights of the Gladiators in ancient Rome.

Tarraco Viva – Prostitution in Roman Tarragona

Tarraco Viva – Prostitution in Roman Tarragona

Part of  Tarraco Viva, the ten days festival exploring all things Roman in Tarragona, is SEQVERE ME! a realistic reconstruction of the world of prostitution among the walls of the old city.

Tarraco Viva – Inside the Roman world

Tarraco Viva – Inside the Roman world

Another extraordinary day at Tarraco Viva with more drama and insights in to the the Roman world. The area around the Field of Mars (Camp de Mart) was filled with tents and stalls showing Roman workmanship, produce and battlefield tactics.

Tarraco Viva – Legions and Gladiators

Tarraco Viva – Legions and Gladiators

More riveting Roman re-enactment today on fitting settings of the Fields of Mars where spectators were given a full display of armours and attack and defense tactics sported by the various types of Roman legions and Gladiators.

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