Friday, September 16, 2011

Cartagena this month

Whilst many towns celebrate the re-conquest by the Christians over the Moors, Cartagena celebrates the capture of the city by the Romans.  The festivities are based on the Second Punic War, in which the Punic city (Qart-Hadast) was conquered by the Roman general Publius Cornelius Escipón, receiving the name of Roman Carthage.

More than 5.000 revellers, grouped into 25 troops and 25 Roman Legions Carthaginesas  will recreate over ten days  the most important feats that occurred  in the city between 223 BC and 209 BC

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FROM 16th to 25th SEPTEMBER

For ten days, all the heroic deeds which took place during the years of the Carthaginian rule, as well as the invasion and defeat by the Roman Empire, will be performed and lived out by natives and foreigners alike.

Troops and legions will represent the scenes of events based on the city’s history. They will stage grand parades in costumes and armaments you would only expect to find in film productions.


In a huge setting, the 50 groups will  decorate “the camp” and put up bars open to all visitors. For the duration of the celebrations, the camp will become a big city, set in ancient times, with the art and symbols of Rome and Carthage, Greece, Iberia and Phoenicia all around.

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