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  • Oven in roman ruins

    This is an oven they built in our local roman ruins in Augusta Raurica.

    Augusta Raurica

    I thought it was interesting, because its also an imitation of the old roman ovens - no idea how they built it or what of. I'll find someone to ask next time I visit. As a special attraction the actually bake bread in it sometimes... just immagine!

    No chimney you'll notice, but a fireplace for cooking beside it.

    Once a year they have a three day roman festival in the ruins, with gladiators and roman food and mosaic artists and felt making and all kinds of stuff. They're pretty fanatic about getting it all as authentic as possible... the gladiators make their own armour by hand and treck over the alps from Italy on foot in homemade roman sandals carrying all their gear (tents, food, weapons etc) on their backs. 60 kg each apparently.

    I suspect that the real roman festival only starts once all the visitors have left in the evening and the active participants are left to their own devices. They probably weave their own blankets and dig their own latrines as well. I wonder if they insist of talking latin?
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    "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)

    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...pics-2610.html
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/p...nues-2991.html

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    Re: Oven in roman ruins

    Thanks Frances....interesting and simple door design! (but that door most likely is not original, duh)

    Looks like brick consruction? or stone? Large tiles on the floor too!

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    • #3
      Re: Oven in roman ruins

      I get a kick out of the "re-construction" ovens. The first time I went to Pompeii I was expecting something very rustic, no vent, rough and uneven floors, etc.

      Imagine my surprise to see dead-level, terracotta cooking floors with tight seams; expanded clay insulation, expert brickwork, and perfectly designed terracotta vent and chimney systems.

      Pompeii Oven: Brick Oven Arch

      James
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      • #4
        Re: Oven in roman ruins

        Cool stuff. I wish I'd paid more attention when I visited Pompeii and other ruins around Europe. I was more into the Greek Temples though.
        GJBingham
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        • #5
          Re: Oven in roman ruins

          Greek temples in Sicilia. Excellent.

          Like Sicily, Paestum, just south of Naples, was part of Greca Magna, and they have wonderful Greek Temples.
          James
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          • #6
            Re: Oven in roman ruins

            Originally posted by Frances View Post
            This is an oven they built in our local roman ruins in Augusta Raurica.

            Augusta Raurica



            No chimney you'll notice, but a fireplace for cooking beside it.

            I would love to see the tools associated with this ancient oven/grill.


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            • #7
              Re: Oven in roman ruins

              Lots of ancient ruins all over. Here's the ruins of a Greek temple in Didim, in Western Turkey.
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              Last edited by dmun; 04-09-2008, 03:48 PM. Reason: east/west error. dislexic as always
              My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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              • #8
                Re: Oven in roman ruins

                Those Greeks really got about.
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                • #9
                  Re: Oven in roman ruins

                  I heard somwhere that they use Windex for a lot of ailments as well!

                  Originally posted by james View Post
                  Those Greeks really got about.
                  "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. " Charles Mingus
                  "Build at least two brick ovens...one to make all the mistakes on and the other to be just like you dreamed of!" Dutch

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                  • #10
                    Re: Oven in roman ruins

                    James/David,
                    Thanks! Great pics - fond memories. I'm not the only one, huh?

                    The Colliseum in Rome is absolutely incredible - awesome might be a better word, but somehow those Greek temples are so magestic. Many times I drove for hours to see just pillars lying on the ground amongst olive trees that looked just as ancient as the temples themselves.

                    Appreciation of incredible arcitecture is one of those benefits of having a teacher during your developmental years. Mine was in 8th grade. I forget what the man taught, but we used to watch the Three Stooges for the first 20 minutes of class every day, then listen to him rant and rave about the great wonders of the world - the pyramids, the perfect Greek temples, on and on. I learned tons from that guy!
                    GJBingham
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                    • #11
                      Re: Oven in roman ruins

                      There are a couple of aqueducts that are really cool to me...one in Segovia and one in Pond de Gard...the lime scale in that one was a foot thick!

                      Pont du Gard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                      Segovia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                      ....both are amazing structures for the stone mason.....
                      sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Oven in roman ruins

                        what country do you live in? you have local roman ruins?

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                        • #13
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                          Mishigame XJ? That's not here or there!

                          I don't remember roman ruins in Spain. There's got to be plenty though, at least I would suspect.
                          GJBingham
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                          • #14
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                            Well, our local ruins are in Switzerland, near Basle... but I guess you didn't mean me...

                            Doesn't Spain have a strong moorish influence with inlaid trellises and onion-shaped domes and all that?
                            "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)

                            http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...pics-2610.html
                            http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/p...nues-2991.html

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                            • #15
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                              WINDEX? ...That's Greek word.....

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