By Brenda W. Clough
Alas! when you say Orange and refer to a town, I think of the exits off the New Jersey Turnpike. Who knew, that the town of Orange in southern France is home to the most complete Roman theater left in the world? It is still use for dramatic productions that call for little or no set, but we were so fortunate as to arrive on the weeken when the local cosplay groups were doing their Fete Roman. Craft booths, demonstrations, an a parade through town so that the city fathers can welcome the Divine Augustus to the rites in his honor!
Here the Emperor is somewhat obscure by the empress and his attenants, but his horse-drawn Roman chariot is to i.e. For. And in the next shot he is accepting the accolades of the city; I was the only one who shouted “Ave Caesar” which made him grin.
The festival included educational stuff about the Roman Legions. Two separate groups of them were on hand, with regimental emblems, people with wolf-skins, and everything; Classical re-enactment is like Civil War re-enactment in Virginia. There was also dancing, acrobatics, and a gladiator fight! I will say that Caesar consulted the crowd every time and we only demanded death once.