Reenactor and horse wearing the kit of a Roman cavalryman during the Hippika Gymnasia. The Hippika Gymnasia were ritual displays or tournaments performed by the cavalry of the Roman Empire to display their skill and expertise.
statue of Isis; Roman, 120-150 CE In her left hand she holds a bucket (situla) used to contain sacred Nile water for the rituals. Behind the statue is a reconstruction drawing of the Temple of Isis in Pompeii showing rituals in progress. London, British Museum. Credits: Barbara McManus, 2006. Keywords: religion
Hippika Gymnasia were ritual displays or tournaments performed by the cavalry of the Roman Empire to display their skill and expertise. They took place on a parade ground situated outside a fort and involved the cavalry practicing manoeuvring and the handling of weapons such as javelins and spears. The riders and their mounts wore highly elaborate armour and helmets specially made for display purposes, decorated with images from classical mythology.
☆ Hestia, Virgin Goddess of the Hearth Flame and Temple Flame. Every public or private ritual, the first offering was always made to her. Hestia is the symbol of the Sanctity of Home and Chastity. Sister to Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, and Demeter. Roman name: Vesta.。☆