Romans

RomanChiRo.png For nearly 400 years the Romans left their mark on the southern two-thirds of the island of Britain. In 482 AD the grandest cities are Roman, made of stone, and massive in scale… Even if they are actually crumbling to ruins. Most of those Roman buildings haven’t been improved or repaired in any sort of organized fashion in nearly 200 years…. and almost certainly not for about 70 years.

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Most of the area south of Hadrian’s Wall and East of the Welsh mountains identifies as Roman or Romano-Briton. Romans value seriousness and dedication of purpose as well as self-control. Most Romans are Christian, though a few still venerate the old Roman pagan gods … though usually “fusion” Romano-British Gods. Romans, like Celts, prize bravery, loyalty, and personal honor. A Roman’s pride is fundamentally tied to his or her family honor and likewise his/her actions will either bring glory or shame to both him or herself and the family.

Oaths

Like the Celts, Oaths are binding and sacred… “Oathbreaker” is a vile insult to Celt, Roman, and Saxon alike.

Latin

The language of Rome is also the language of education, literacy, and civilization. It is also the language of the Christian faith.

Names
  • A Personal Name (Praenomen – used only by family members and friends)
  • A Greater Family Name (Nomen / Gens – Clan)
  • A Lesser Family Name (Cognomen – Subfamily of the Clan)
  • Sometimes an Honorific (Agnomina)

    When in public most Romans go by their Nomen and Cognomen (i.e. Gaius Julius Caesar went by Julius Caesar. If there are multiples present, they may use the initial of their Praenomen.).

    Britons that have adopted the Roman style of names tend to add “-us” (the masculine ending) or “-a” the feminine ending to an existing Celtic name to create a new “Roman style” name. Honorifics have fallen out of fashion.

    Listed below are 17 Praenomen beginnings. Males add -us, females add -a. That creates about 99% of Roman Praenomen… no really.

    Universal Praenomen Elements:Gai, Luci, Marc, Publi, Quint, Tit, Tiberi, Sext, Aul, Decim, Gnae, Spuri, Mani, Servi, Appi, Numeri, Vibi

    Male Nomen: Artorios, Beliatus, Catus, Claudius, Commios, Cunitus, Decius, Drusus, Fulvius, Gaius, Julius, Lucianus, Livius, Marcus, Numinius, Petronius, Quintus, Suetius, Sullio, Titus

    Female Nomen: Aelia, Aurelia, Camilla, Drusilla, Domitia, Flavia, Geminia, Gratia, Hostilia, Julia, Junia, Marcia, Numicia, Octavia, Pontia, Rutilia, Salvia, Tullia, Vispania

    Cognomen/Agnomina: Agricola, Albinus, Aquila, Belicianus, Briginus, Dentatus, Galeo, Helva, Iviacus, Lupus, Merula, Ocella, Pavo, Scaeva, Seneca, Strabo, Varro, Vetenus, Vodinius

    Additional Agnomina: Britannicus (victor in Britain), Felix (the lucky), Magnus (the great), Maximus (the very great), Pius (the dutiful), Sapens (the prudent)

    Pronunciation
  • Contrary to how we often say Caesar as “see-zar” C is always a hard K sound (KAI-sar, similar to the German title for their Emperor in World War I, which was much closer = Kaiser).
  • V is a w sound
  • Dipthongs: AE is like eye; AU is like ow in cow, EI is like the ay of bay
  • I in front of another vowel is like the Y sound
  • Romans

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