Life In The Roman Army: Post 3rd
By: David McConville
• For my final project I have decided to
reconstruct the daily life of a Roman Soldier In
the Late Empire.
• To do this it took another of sources from
various archaeological publications, historical
literature and even translated copies of
• To accomplish this I decided to do a comic
How Does It Turn Out?
• The project itself was long, slow and
sometimes presented setbacks.
• Due to the limited size of written text I could
use for exposition, the language itself had to
be short and simplified.
• Due to the Notitia Dignitatum being a 15th
century copy of the original, shield patterns
used might not be as spot on, but still
somewhat accurate in a worst case scenario.
What’s It’s structure?
• The Comic Strip itself is made into 14 sets of
panels, 4 panels each. Thus there are 56
panels in all
• Everything is in black and white, drawn in
pencil and later in pen.
• Most of the text was edited in Paint due to
What’s it about?
• The story starts off with an unspecified student
being sent back in time by the narrator (Cupid) to
discover what life was like in the Roman military.
• The ‘hero’ starts off in Roman Britain where he is
later posted along Hadrian’s Wall where he
discovers what to wear, what to eat and how the
fort functions before setting off to explore the
wider military infrastructure in the rest of the
What’s It Called?
•The Roman Mashup!
• It’s a mashup of a lot of different sources are
mashed together, so why not?
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