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  1. In the year 122AD the Emperor Hadrian ordered the building of a wall across the northern expanse of Britannia. Each mile there was to be a small fort, the purpose of which was twofold, to provide a watchful garrison and to allow for passage through the wall for trade and forays. One such mile castle was sited overlooking a ford, the legion assigned to its construction, Legio I Sionicus. The legionaries constructed a short axis fort and wall that spanned the river on pillars sunk into the river bed. The fort interior provided a small barracks block for 8 men, a store room and a small stabling area for a single horse. The fort successfully weathered the trials and troubles of the frontier with many raids from Caledonian tribesmen. By the mid 4th Century AD however the series of civil wars was taking its toll on the military presence in Britannia, this culminated in 407 AD with Constantine III withdrawing the remaining forces from Raxtomessavadum for his campaign on the continent. The fort, inhabited almost continually for 250 odd years now slowly falls into disrepair and ruin, anything of value being stripped and its stones robbed.
  2. Hello Eurobricks. I'm here as an ambassador of Brick to the Past to present our latest collaberation The Wall: Rome's Northern Frontier The Wall is a model of Hadrian's Wall, a former defensive fortification in Roman Britain built between around AD 122 and AD126, during the reign of the eponymous Emperor Hadrian. The Wall stretched some 120km between the Solway Firth in the west to the Tyne Estuary east and when in use was effectively the northern limit of the Roman Empire. In 1987 the remains of the Wall were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in 2005 it became part of the transnational Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. The model is roughly sixteen square metres in size and was built on 105 48x48 stud Lego baseplates. It was built by Brick to the Past members James Pegrum, Jimmy Clinch, Simon Pickard, Steve Snasdell, Dan Harris and Barney Main. It was unveiled for the first time at the Great Western Brick Show in October 2015 and will be on display again at London's Brick 2015 in December. You can view more photos on our website. We hope you like it! The Wall by James Pegrum, on Flickr The Wall: Rome's Northern Frontier by Dan Harris, on Flickr The wall - Rome's Northern Frontier by Simon Pickard, on Flickr Southwestern Corner by Jimmy Clynche, on Flickr Milecastle 37 by Jimmy Clynche, on Flickr Along the Wall by Jimmy Clynche, on Flickr The Wall by Barney Main, on Flickr Roman Villa by Workshysteve, on Flickr The Wall: Rome's Northern Frontier - The Vicus by Dan Harris, on Flickr The Wall: Rome's Northern Frontier by Dan Harris, on Flickr Heading North by James Pegrum, on Flickr Orders Arrive by James Pegrum, on Flickr Brick to the Past is a group of British Lego fans who build historically themed models on a grand scale. You can follow us on:
  3. Macsen Wledig

    MOC: Temple of Mithras

    This is my latest MOC based around life on Hadrian's Wall that I'd like to share with you. Evidence for the worship of the Roman god Mithras begins to appear in the 1st century AD and disappears sometime in the 4th century. The cult of worshiping Mithras is usually thought to be of Persian origin, however since no ancient source preserves the god’s mythology, such an assumption should be treated with caution. Whatever its origins, from at least the 3rd century the cult became popular among members of the military stationed in Britain and as such temples were erected in the forts along Hadrian’s Wall, with a particularly well preserved example being located at Carrawburgh. All temples featured a representation, be it in relief, statue or fresco, of Mithras killing a bull. This is known today as a "tauroctony", and appears in the same format everywhere, though minor variations do exist. While most temples were built underground, representing the cave in which Mithras slew the bull, this was not possible on Hadrian’s Wall. Temples were therefore constructed in a way that mimicked caves, usually only being lit by torchlight and small openings in the roof. This MOC is roughly based on the temple at Carrawburgh, although I have opted for a far grander tauroctony than was actually present at the site. This is not to take anything from the archaeological remains at Carrawburgh, which still possesses three fine shrines dating from the 3rd century and is well worth visiting. This MOC is my first attempt at an interior of a building, my first go at creating mosaics and my first use of lighting as part of the MOC itself – so incorporating all of these meant it took me a bit longer to build than expected! I also wanted to create a temple that didn’t conform to the classic Greco-Roman style; I feel there are enough really good Lego examples of these already in circulation. Many thanks for viewing and C&C is more than welcome.