Bags in the Roman Age
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07 Aug 2006 11:02 PDT
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What would the Romans use as bags? I mean, as containers to carry weights in daily life, as now it could be a backpack or a handbag. I need something that could be reproduced in a few days, thus something similar to articles available nowadays. Indications on material, size, color and so forth would suffice, although pictures would help of great help.
Re: Bags in the Roman Age
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 07 Aug 2006 12:01 PDT
Dear hibari-ga; Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. What little is know about this subject revolves mainly around a satchel depicted on a relief known as Trajan's Column, a monument in Rome built by Apollodorus of Damascus. WIKIPEDIA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trajan%27s_Column On it is seen an illustration of a satchel known as a Loculus. This bag sufficed as a form of purse, backpack or luggage in ancient times. While no single example has survived the ages there have been fragments that suggest that the device was made of leather, hides, skins and perhaps primitive fabrics such as linen. Many of the bags also contained thongs and bronze rings and connectors that were not only ornamental but functional as well. Here is what some scientists have concluded about the bag: ?The loculus is thought to have measured about 45cm (18 inches) by 30cm (12 inches) and was likely made from leather. It is just the right size to be made in one piece from a single goat hide although calf leather is also possible. The bag is re-enforced by diagonal straps, in the centre of the front of the bag these straps held a bronze ring with a mushroom shaped stud that holds the triangular flap closed.? WILIPEDIA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loculus_%28satchel%29 This bag is sometimes referred to as a ?sarcina?. Here you will see a reproduced example that will give you an idea of what it might have looked like: SARCINA http://www.whythawkarmoury.homestead.com/sarcina.html Other reproductions can be seen here: Google images http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&q=LOCULUS&sa=N&tab=wi You will also find an interesting discussion complete with photos between authentic Roman re-enactment enthusiastic on this subject here: ROMAN ARMY TALK http://www.romanarmy.nl/rat/viewtopic.php?t=2772&sid=d7d810f8f8a5fea2025cac3e3c1ef899 I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have any questions about my research please post a clarification request prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us. Best regards; Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher INFORMATION SOURCES LOCULUS http://www.legio-ix-hispana.org/loculus.html http://www.legio-ix-hispana.org/loccontent.html IMAGE: http://www.legio-ix-hispana.org/01loculusfront.jpg IMAGE: http://www.legio-ix-hispana.org/02loculusside.jpg SEARCH STRATEGY SEARCH ENGINE USED: Google ://www.google.com SEARCH TERMS USED: Roman Bag Luggage Satchel Loculus Sarcina
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