Today we have spent the morning building our horses for our tribe. It was quite a tricky task to do on our own so we had to work as a team. We are going to paint them on Monday. Here are some pictures of what we have made so far.
What an exciting first week back we have had. We had a visit from a Roman called Pomponius Mamilianus! He came to show us his town of Chester. He said he didn’t really like the English weather and that Rome was much nicer! After he had introduced himself he gave us all a job linked to a person in Chester. We had Patriarchs who were very important men, slaves, people at the bath house, market sellers and women shopping. It was a special day in Roman Chester as it was the Saturnalia which meant that everyone had the day off even the slaves. After we had visited Chester the children created 12 different statues of all the gods and we learnt what each of them did. We then looked at how they used to worship the gods by sacrificing animals. Our priest then performed the ceremony, once the animal was dead they would take out the liver to inspect. If the liver was good if was seen as a good omen and if it was bad it was seen as a bad omen. It all seemed very gruesome! After that we went to the local Amphitheatre to watch the Gladiator fights. The Romans seemed to like violent games! We saw three fights, 2 gladiators, a lion and a bear and a slave with a special type of gladiator who fought with a net and a trident. The patriarchs had the best seats in the arena and decided who lived and died using either thumb up or thumb down. Here are some pictures.