Bulgarians, Foreigners Reenact Ancient Battles at Roman TownCulture | June 14, 2009, Sunday // 16:33| views
The reenactments held Sunday at Nikopolis ad Istrum included a proto-Bulgarian battle, use of flint, wick weapons and arches, a display of replicas of proto-Bulgarian flags made form horse tails. Photo by DarikNews
Bulgarians and foreigners reenacted battles and fought with ancient weapons at Nikopolis ad Istrum Sunday.
The reenactments included displays of fighting technique, weapons, armor and costumes from the times of the Roman and Turkish Empires.
The event was organized by the "Tradition" club from in city of Veliko Tarnovo and the Veliko Tarnovo Regional History Museum.
Representatives of the international "Planet Club" internet society also took part in the reenactments. The club has nearly 80000 members, all fans of ancient weaponry from all over the world - the US, Germany, France, Finland, Norway and Great Britain.
25 foreign "Planet Club" members traveled to Nikopolis ad Istrum to fulfill their passion for old times and old weapons. The strongest presence was registered by the US group, who arrived in Roman tunics.
The local fans from the "Tradition" club were dressed as barbarians, knights, and janissaries. All their clothes were hand-made by the club members especially for the reenactment.
The event included a proto-Bulgarian battle, use of flint, wick weapons and arches, a display of replicas of proto-Bulgarian flags made from horse tails.
The "Tradition" club has made the commitment to renovate the water fountain near Nikopolis ad Istrum, which has been destroyed by treasure hunters.
Nicopolis ad Istrum was a Roman and Early Byzantine town founded by Emperor Trajan around 101-106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) with the Danube, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town reached its apogee during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty.
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