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I Predict a Riot

Evening talk at the National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Drawing comparisons between Roman soldiers and the Riot Police might seem unusual but that's exactly what Dai Price, Manager of the National Roman Legion Museum will be doing during his evening talk at 6pm on Thursday, 18 June 2009.

I Predict a Riot which will be held at the National Roman Legion Museum will feature live demonstrations by a Roman soldier and a riot policeman who will reveal how similar their equipments and tactics really are.

Modern police involved in riots and demonstrations all over the world have adopted techniques used by soldiers in battles 2,000 years ago. Dai Price explains:

"From the iconic shields and the ‘wedge' formation to the barking of orders and the heat of conflict there are so many comparisons between legionary soldiers and the riot police today. The police even wear Roman looking armor which you can see at the event."

The event, which is organised in conjunction with Big Pit: National Coal Museum, will also include a discussion with a panel of experts and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

The event, which is suitable for adults is £3 each and booking is essential: (01633) 423134.

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales operates seven national museums across Wales. These are National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

Entry to all the museums is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

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For further information, please contact Catrin Mears, Communications Officer, National Roman Legion Museum on 029 2057 3185 or email catrin.mears@museumwales.ac.uk.