Emperor Septimius Severus has declared that is it now legal for soldiers to marry. Londinium Lite has been canvassing opinions amongst the soldiers and their wives based in Londinium to see just how much difference it will make.
Flavius Agricola, soldier of the 6th legion supports the decision…
I don’t think that it will make much difference but at least I can make my union with Albia Faustuna legal, thanks to the decree of our emperor. High time – we have been together for some years and hope to be blessed with children. Now any child will be born a citizen of Rome!
No longer will my ‘wife’ have to put up with inferior accommodation outside the fort. A soldier’s life up on the northern wall is hard with fatigues, drill and skirmishes. Seconded here, I’m now a pen-pusher, not something I ever expected in my military career. Saying that, the governor certainly keeps us busy.
Although I’m based here only for my period of secondment, if Mars allows, I hope to retire and settle here in Londinium.
His partner, Albia Faustina, hopes for family accommodation...
I’m not sure what difference it’s going to make. Yes, it’s now legal to marry but I come from an old army family and I’m used to following the army around.
I prefer home base but it would be nice to have family accommodation here in Londinium – perhaps they’ll provide it now.
Vivius Marcianus, centurion of the 6th legion thinks it will make little difference…
I’m pleased that Januaria Martina can now be my legal wife and be treated with the due regard as a centurion’s wife.
I recently received a letter from an old comrade who is sending one of his men to be a groom to the governor – he says that the lads up north don’t think it will make much difference as their families live just outside the fort anyway.
Some soldiers have wives wherever they’ve been stationed. I doubt the emperor will let each soldier marry them all!
His partner, Januaria Martina, looks forward to the benefits of marriage…
As the wife of a centurion, I’m looking forward to a legalised union. No more skulking around trying to make arrangements for a family that isn’t meant to exist.
I’m also a Roman citizen, so our marriage will give us full rights. Some soldiers have wives who aren’t citizens so their marriages won’t be legally recognised.