It Was a Two Man Job!

I’m almost finished with my little Roman tavern diorama. It’s been fun, if challenging at times. I’ve had a hard time streamlining the process to the bare minimum I’ll accept from myself, but I’m trying to produce a high (enough) quality piece with techniques and time investment I could reasonably expect from my teenage Latin students.

Stop! Thief!

This is the diorama mostly completed. There are two 28mm figures, hopefully telling a simple and amusing story.

Someone has knocked over some of the door slats in their rush from the popina. The barkeeper has ended up in the street shouting off scene. Behind him…


… a naughty boy helps himself to some unattended plums!

There are all sorts of teachable details to bring into my classroom, from the graffiti to the amphora of wine to the sliced bread loaves and more.

I’m not sure what else I’ll add, as I don’t want to put that much more time into this project. I’ll insert at least one animal for fun and maybe a little bit of vegetation. I suppose there is an off chance I’ll throw in more minis, too, if the spirit moves me.

Let me know what you think of this little diorama and any ideas you have for more details!

3 thoughts on “It Was a Two Man Job!”

  1. The graffiti is a great touch and adds a lot of life to this diorama. I think a name for the shop would also be accurate and give a signifier to viewers as to what they’re seeing. I would think it is another chance for Latin students to test their skills too.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kuribo. My intention was to leave the jug behind the senator & his wife as the only sign, as a way to emphasize the general lack of literacy in ancient Rome. I could add a shop name, but it might be a tough squeeze to pull it off.

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      1. That makes perfect sense. I like the meaning behind the graffiti you’ve included. I thought the same about the shop name and I wouldn’t bother if I were you since the diorama already looks really nice.


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