“Mules-of-Marius” is what Roman legionaries were called after the reforms of General Marius, who ordered legionaries instead of mules to carry their baggage on the march.
„Mules-of-Marius” was originally designed as a small travelling exhibition for schools. It was designed to foster the imagination and curiosity of pupils from grade 5 (i.e. 10 years and older) and to engage teachers and pupils alike. With the support of many enthusiasts and based on valuable academic advice, the exhibition grew rapidly and is presented in full size for the first time at the Historic Museum of Regensburg, Germany, from Sept 2015 until Feb 2016.
Inspiration, not Explanation
The original idea behind the exhibition for schools was to explain very little. Instead, teachers and pupils would need to team up and find out answers by themselves. The objects of the exhibition, impressive by their size and the way they would be presented, were intented to inspire. Rather than in a traditional format, the exhibition was originally organized in 6 interactive “stations”, in classrooms and schoolyards alike, and would involve activities targeted at engaging both, pupils AND teachers. Activities would include hands-on tasks like cleaning armor or cooking a simple legionary’s meal , but also abstract tasks like organizing a part of the Roman Army as Tribune or a single century as a “simple” Centurion. Pupils got inspired and teachers heavily engaged in teaming up with pupils. History is exciting when you want to gain power as Julius Ceasar, or when you need to deal with external threats as emperor Marc Aurel .. or when you are suddenly part of their army and get engaged.
My name is Thomas Kurtz. I work in Munich for a financial asset management company. I started the travelling exhibition for schools in 2012, because both of my children were often frustrated by the way history is taught at school, bored by the way history is often presented in museums. The exhibition turned out to be a success. The exhibition expanded significantly in 2014 and 2015 with the help of many enthusiasts and was presented to an international congress of archaeologists in Regensburg (th so called “Limes Congress”).
Many enthusiasts contributed and continue to contribute to the exhibition.
Among these are:
Dr. Christian Koepfer – Historical Advisory, Curator of the Regensburg Exhibition 2015
Graham Sumner – Life size illustrations Graham Sumner Illustrator
Joerg Schmaeling – High quality and authentic tin figurines Art Miniaturen
Patrick Ullrich – Dioramas March, Ala and others Geschichte in Miniaturen
Friedrich Höchsmann – Dioramas Camp and others
Detlef Rohnstein – Wooden Technical Models Modellbau Quedlinburg
Michael Volquarts – Painting of 50 mm figurines Michael Volquarts