three generations my family have lived in Tarraco, a Port City in North Eastern
Hispania. It is the oldest Roman settlement on the Iberian
Peninsula. My father Josep, like his father and
grandfather before him was a fisherman, providing food for the City and the Roman
Army. But my father was also an apprentice to an Iberian sword maker who taught
my father the art of sword making.
the time I was 8 years old I spent the summer months fishing with by
Grandfather and uncles, but spent most of my time observing and learning the
art of the blacksmiths and armourers. By this time my father was providing all
the metal works required by the Roman Army and Navy in Tarraco. He was offered
enlistment into the X Legion under Gaius Octavius (Later Augustus) during the
Civil wars (41-40 BC), a move he later told me, made by the Army to cut down on
the expenses of his labours.
enlisted in the X Legion under Augustus in the year 10 AD, being dispatched to
Syria in the East to join Legio X Fretensis, who were on campaign in Palmyra and Zeugma to secure the
frontier against Parthia. Our Legion relocated to
the coastal city of Caesarea Maritima during the winter period.
father named me Marius – in honour of the great Consul of the Roman Republic
– Malleolus “the hammer” given to me for my work in Armour manufacture and repair
of my Frete’s armour.