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Tarraco Viva: live the Roman Empire in Tarragona

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Living Tarraco It is a festival of dissemination of Roman history and culture that is held annually in Tarragona during the second half of May. Each edition usually has a historical character as the main motive. For example, the 2014 edition focused on the figure of Emperor Augustus, and the 2015 edition revolved around his legacy, while the 2013 edition focused on the murder of Julius Caesar.

This year it will take place from May 15 to 29 and, unlike in previous editions, the focus will cross the borders of the Roman Empire to focus on its interaction with the kingdom of Egypt.

Every kind of audience finds something interesting to see or do at this festival, from small to older and from experts to amateurs. History of the Roman Empire for all. And the city where it is celebrated is the perfect framework for it.

The festival is celebrated in Tarragona due to its enormous Roman historical heritage and one of the objectives is to sensitize the general public about its importance. Therefore, during the festival the entrance to the ruins of the circus, the amphitheater and the archaeological museum are free. However, the festival's activities are aimed at living that heritage in a different and deeper way. For example, any day of the year we can go to Tarragona and stroll through the magnificent ruins of the Roman circus, where 2000 years ago quadriga races were held. But something very different is to go during the festival, enter the same ruins and meet a Roman citizen who tells you details of his life and the inscriptions that can be seen there. Or enter one of the rooms and witness a conversation between two old friends who talk about the "current" politics of Emperor Augustus in a Roman tavern.

And Tarraco Viva is much more than a simple gathering of people dressed as Roman to take pictures. In fact, it is just what it does not pretend to be. The really good thing is that it allows you to learn interesting details of the story. That has allowed him to become a European reference in the matter of historical dissemination, with activities such as talks on different topics led by experts, commented itineraries, gastronomic workshops, historical reenactments, documentary passes, Roman music concerts and many more.

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