One of the most appreciated events especially by the tourists – the ancient reconstitution performances – were restored at the Alba Iulia Fortress. The first event was held in the first Easter day, and the performances will take place on each Friday, by mid-October this year.
Ancient reconstitution performances held by the Apulum Guard were restored on April 17, 2017, on the first Easter day, at the “Alba Carolina” Fortress. The performances are held by the Alba Iulia Municipality, with the support of the National Museum and the Association for the Living History – both of them from the same city. According to the organizers, the performances will be held weekly, on each Friday, starting at 19.00, by mid-October. Being a band of ancient historical reconstitution, the Apulum Guard consists in four teams – Legion XIII Gemina, the Wolves of Apoulon, Ludus Apulensis and magna nemesis. They were founded and officially launched in 2012, as a result of implementing several projects developed by the National Union Museum in Alba Iulia, conducted by the historians Liviu Zgarciu and Tudor Rosu. All the four bands are formed by volunteers from Alba Iulia who reconstitute military and civil issues of the Dacian-Roman history, aiming to value and protect the huge Roman heritage of Alba Iulia.
For those who watch the performances, they are real history lessons combined with moments of entertainment, given that the people who will be present, especially children, can actively attend to the fights between Dacians, Romana and gladiators, being able even to decide their destinies.
On April 17, for instance, when the first performance of this year took place, the first band who came in front of the spectators and made demonstrations of military technique, skillfulness and force, was the Legion XIII Gemina. Those who represented Romans wore armor, while their heads were covered by iron helmets, having punching weapons and shields in their hands. Those who represented Dacians wore helmets, coats of mail, their armors being inspired by the representations found on the famous Trajan’s Column in Rome, while gladiators impressed by their muscles.
Such performances take place in Alba Iulia because the city is established by Romans, more precisely, in the year 106, when Decebal was defeated by Traian, the Legion XIII Gemina raised a castra, where they stayed until they retreated.