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Contubernium

Relaxing outside the contubernium tent. During the 1st and 2nd Centuries AD a contubernium, in military terms, was the name of a unit of eight men who shared a tent in the Roman Army. During time previous, the number of men was probably ten, which included a tent officer.

The word also lends itself throughout Roman law, giving meaning to slave marriages and ties of extreme friendship. The men in a contunbernium were also known as contubernales.

Relaxing outside the contubernium tent. Eight men living together in the contubernium unit seems to be the smallest known, standard, unit of men in the Roman Army at this time. A break down of this system can be found here. The contubernium and the equipment which the eight men carried forms a central part of our military static display and has been involved in marches across the UK, most recently our ten mile march in Storrington to commemorate the opening of their museum. To watch a small (500kb) film montage of parts of the Storrington march click here.

Equipment, life style and tools are all created and displayed at the contubernium static display.

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