The Burnum Ides – The traditional ceremony of reviving Roman customs and way of life

This summer, for the fifth year in a row, the Krka National Park Public Institution organizes the Burnum Ides. The traditional ceremony of reviving Roman customs and way of life was held on August 8 at 9 pm in the ancient Roman military camp Burnum in Ivoševci.

The good part of the program, held in front of the amphitheater, included a traditional antique table, presentation of crafts (blacksmithing, pottery, and shoemaking) and various skills (writing with wax, making wooden toys, mosaics, and bulls, felting wool), exchange office (for denars), grooming ( dressing, make-up …), resting on the triclinium, divination from beans, procedures of ancient medicine, etc. Visitors could also participate in ancient Roman games. The central event of the event was the staging of an event from the time of the Roman emperors in the amphitheater.

Burnum Idas, Roman legions, NP Krka, Croatia, photo credit by NP Krka
Burnum Idas, Roman legions, NP Krka, Croatia, photo credit by NP Krka

In the period from 7 to August 9, the Italian association Legio I. Italica visited Burnum, which uniquely, by presenting the lives of Roman soldiers, legionnaires and gladiators, enriched the manifestation of Burnum ide and thus contributed to the promotion of this unique site. All visitors witnessed “first hand” the life of Roman soldiers as it was two thousand years ago thanks to our guests, who portray it so authentically.

Roman legions, Burnum Idas, NP Krka, Croatia, photo credit by NP Krka
Roman legions, Burnum Idas, NP Krka, Croatia, photo credit by NP Krka

The term ide originally referred to the days of the full moon, which the Romans considered auspicious for organizing festivities and celebrations. After two thousand years, Burnum ide is reorganized, to reconstruct the history of this area in Roman times, showing the life and customs of the civilian population, but also the inevitable elements of legionary skills, all complemented by various art forms that have their roots and themes from that time. The goal of holding Ida is to acquaint visitors and locals with the exceptional value of the Burnum archeological site. In addition to cultural and educational functions, the event encourages visits to upstream sites. It and contributes to the development of rural tourism and tourist valorization of the hinterland of Sibenik-Knin County.

Burnum Idas in August, NP Krka, Croatia, photo credit by NP Krka
Burnum Idas in August, NP Krka, Croatia, photo credit by NP Krka

 

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