Name: Marcia Gallica Rank: Domina Origin: Massilia, Gallia Narbonensis
Marcia hails from the Phocæan colony of Massilia. Linguistic thought being her main bailiwick, she believes that there is nothing she likes better than immersing herself into language learning and understanding better the inner workings of her mind and the minds of others. Although language acquisition may have seemed out of reach at times, she managed to learn some of the various languages encountered in daily Massilian life, mainly Greek, Gallic and Latin. She is also no stranger to military life. As a matter of fact, her father was a veteran of the Siege of Massilia and fought bravely alongside Ahennobarbus’ forces against the Caesarean legionaries. On his part, Caesar, in his typical style granted leniency to the city and its defenders and semi-autonomy in recognition for its defenders’ bravery. This benefited much her family as it did grant them the safety of their home – a fate that was seldom enjoyed by conquered cities.
Growing up, she heard a lot about her father’s prowess in battle and even hear tales of his adventures with the Caesarian legions. For after the siege of Massilia, her father decided to join Caesar’s legions and fight for his cause against the Optimates. Inspired by her father’s stories, she decided to embark on her own adventure along the Roman world, while also chancing her opportunity to acquire and read works of great writers which up till then she had only heard of. It was during one such voyage that she met a legionary, Caivs, with whom she fell in love. At the time, Caivs was stationed with the 10th Fretensis in Southern Greece as preparations were being made to transfer to Macedonia. Since their encounter in Greece, she has been closely following the legion as it moves from one territory to another quelling rebellions and securing the empire’s borders. It’s worthwhile to mention that Caivs enabled her to visit the magnificent Roman world of musical instruments which embraces, among others, the peculiar lyre which the Romans are thought to have borrowed from her Hellenistic ancestors. She would absolutely love to have the opportunity to construct a lyre (or kithara as the Hellenists used to call it) herself … although she wouldn’t mind Caivs pitching in.