Festival of Late Antiquity

Introduction/Abstract

Up to 200 participants from throughout Europe turn back time by 1700 years for this extraordinary event, living for four days in houses in the reconstructed quarter of a Roman city as if time and world history had stopped all around them.

Up to 200 participants from throughout Europe turn back time by 1700 years for this extraordinary event, living for four days in houses in the reconstructed quarter of a Roman city as if time and world history had stopped all around them. Stroll through the quarter and become an onlooker of the history and everyday life of the Roman city of Carnuntum in Late Antiquity. Unlike conventional historical festivals, there are no demonstrations and planned spectacles. Instead, this event revolves around the detailed reenactment of historical realities. The experience of everyday life in the Roman Empire and the surprising nature of the activities transform the visit into a fascinating journey to a bygone era.

 

The Festival of Late Antiquity offers visitors a unique opportunity to acquaint themselves with the ancient Romans in ways that have little to do with common historical clichés. The event is equally suitable for children and for interested adults. It is no longer the age of muscle armor and togas – those times have been over for centuries. People wear trousers instead and the soldiers look more like medieval knights than the familiar legionnaires of the early Roman Empire. The course of time and changing society are reflected in clothing and military gear. In Late Antiquity each soldier was responsible for his own gear.

 

Carnuntum in the Late Antiquity

 

The situation in Carnuntum in the late 4th century AD had become difficult. An earthquake caused massive damage in some places and part of the population left, heading south towards Rome. Large troop formations frequently passed through, making life in the city of Carnuntum insecure and uncertain. 

 

The dux was the military leader responsible for maintaining order in Carnuntum. The Roman army had to get the veterans and the soldiers’ families settled in the city and see to their needs yet Rome also needed new soldiers to be able to protect its borders. That meant recruitment was the order of the day. In addition, the dux had to summon up negotiating skills to deal with barbarians keen on settling on the Roman side of the Danube, within the Imperium Romanum. To maintain overall tranquility in the Roman city, the dux was constantly on the move with his staff, trying to safeguard the interests of the populace. 

 

During this unique event in Lower Austria, you can follow us back in time to when the Roman Empire reared up a final time to stave off its imminent decline. At the same time, the course was being set for a new age. The reconstructed quarter of the Roman city of Carnuntum is the ideal setting for this historical scenario. The buildings and decorative details were built to appear as they would have in the first half of the 4th c AD. 

 

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Travel to Carnuntum quickly and comfortably from Vienna and Bratislava – Details here

 

Tickets

Tickets are available starting immediately! Adults: € 11. Reduced price: € 9*. Children (age 11-14): € 6. Pupils coming as a class: € 4.

* Reduced price: Senior citizens, university students, the physically handicapped, active military, conscientious objectors performing community service after producing the appropriate ID and young people age 15-18.

The tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event at the ticket counters.

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