Escala, Triumvirat Mediterrani

Mediterranean Triumvirate. Greco-Roman Festival
Triumvirat Mediterrani. Fira Greco-Romana
l'Escalà - Empúries, Girona (Catalonia aut. community)

The Greek and Roman Fair of the Mediterranean Triumvirate offers the guests the chance to relive this cultural exchange in a context that will bring you closer to daily life in Antiquity…

Geographical, cultural and historical context

L’Escala is an important fishing port and seaside resort located along the Costa Brava, a coastal region in Catalunya stretching from Blanes, 60 km northeast of Barcelona to the French border. L’Escala, which owes its name to the latin word "Scala" very spread in the eastern Mediterranean to mean a port or wharf for mooring boats, is characterized by a great variety of landscapes, from sandy beaches formed by coastal dunes to rocky massifs and abrupt coves. The very rich cultural heritage includes the Archaeological Museum of Catalonia in Empúries, with the ruins of a Greek city (Emporion) and a Roman one (Emporiae), the Anchovy and Salt Museum, the Pedró and Montgó towers, the Marine Cemetery, the tiny medieval village of Sant Martí d’Empúries and many buildings of the local fishing tradition. L’Escala is also famous for its 45 km of beautiful beaches and the gastronomy with the tasty anchovies still now conserved according ancestral methods.

Set of the yearly historical event are the municipality of L’Escala and the nearby ruins of the ancient Empúries, a town founded in 575 BC by the Greeks with the name of Ἐμπόριον (Emporion, meaning "market"). Being situated on the coastal commercial route between Massalia (Marseille) and Tartessos in the far south of the Iberian Peninsula, Empúries developed soon into a large economic and commercial centre, while political and trade agreements were signed with the indigenous population settled in the nearby city of Indika. During the Punic Wars, Empúries allied with Rome, managed to remain an independent city-state after the Roman conquest of Iberian Peninsula, and at least until the Civil War between Pompey and Julius Caesar, when Empúries sided with Pompey and definitely lost its autonomy. A colonia of Roman veterans, named Emporiae, was then established to control the region, marking the decline of Empúries obscured by the rising power of Tarraco (Tarragona) and Barcino (Barcelona). But what makes Empúries really unique still now is the peaceful coexistence of different cultures.

Event description and programme

Not by chance the name of the yearly festival, "Mediterranean Triumvirate", has been chosen just to represent the three civilizations meeting in that special cultural crossroad: the Greeks, the merchants who founded the town, the Indigetes, the indigenous population settled in the area, and finally the Romans, the soldiers coming after the Second Punic War. The aim of the event is to relive and share the legacy of this triple historical heritage through an extensive programme of cultural and recreational activities, which includes, lectures and conferences, exhibitions, guided tours at the archaeological site and the museums, ancient cuisine, chariot and boat rides, olympic traditions, gladiator fights, an historical market, ancient music, dance and theatre shows, and several educational and leisure activities for children (like archery, pony trekking, or training to be a Legionary in Imperial Rome). The event focuses on illustrating the dailylife in the Antiquity through accurate living history displays (like for example the common life of Roman legionaries in a military camp, military tactics and manouvres), as well as workshops on crafts (such as textile, ceramics, iron working, mosaic), ancient medicine and cosmetics, and much more.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Organization: Triumvirat Mediterrani
Address: Plaça de les Escoles, s/n - Edifici Can Masset - 17130 l'Escala, Spain
Tel.: +34 972771556

Tourist information centre of L'Escala-Empúries / Oficina de Turisme de l'Escala-Empúries
Address : Plaça de les Escoles, 1, 17130 l'Escala, Spain
Tel. : +34 972 770603

Town Council of l'Escala / Ajuntament de l'Escala
Address: Pintor Massanet, 34 - 17130 l'Escala, Spain
Tel.: +34 972774848 - +34 972771556

Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - MAC Empúries
Address: C/ Puig i Cadafalch s/n - 17130 Empúries-l'Escala, Spain
Tel.: +34 972 770208 | Fax: +34 972 775975

Image: © Josep Montes via Triumvirat Mediterrani
Text: Triumvirat Mediterrani, Wikipedia, Town Council of l'Escala, Visit l’Escala


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