Apologies for being off the air for so long. I’ve had my head down, doing my best to get stuck into Spartacus. I’ve had patches of success and failure, but am at last getting up some steam.
Last weekend, I attended the Roman Army Talk (RAT) conference in York. It was organised by John Conyard and Amy Wallace of Comitatus, the late Roman reenactment group. With two mornings of lectures from reenactors and academics, and two evenings of socialising/beerdrinking, it was an excellent chance to put faces to people from the forum on RomanArmyTalk.com. Thanks to John and Amy for all their hard work, the great speakers for the fascinating lectures, and all my fellow RATers for making the effort to come.
Mike Bishop was one of the academics who gave a talk at the conference. His topic was Hadrian’s Wall, which I’ve always held a soft spot for. As a labour of love, Mike has created a website which uses Google maps to trace the entire course of the wall, all its turrets, forts, ditches and so on. Check out the map and the associated photos at Per Lineam Valli. It’s amazing!