26590Re: [WarOf1812] In the beginning . . .
- Nov 1, 2005As far as re-enactment in Canada goes I have to agree with Vic. The
focused period re-enactment by predominantly the civilian/historian/
antiquarian in Canada seems to start with the AWI. There is plenty of
evidence of "sham battles" being performed in Canada during Military
pageants in the Victorian age, but as Mr. Suthren points out, they
were performed in contemporary uniform and equipment.
The History of re-enactment as entertainment/education(?), can be
documented back to the time of the Romans.
I believe, (and some of our friends who know Roman history much
better than I, will be able to correct me here), that it may have
been Caligula that had a lake made for the re-enactment of a Roman
Naval victory in which a large number of the original Roman soldiers/
sailors from the battle, attacked a shipload of slaves and hacked
their way into entertainment history. They likely killed more people
than in a C.B.Demille epic but then, they were trying to.
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