The “Braga Romana” event is intended to commemorate the early days of life of what once was the Opulent City of Bracara Augusta.
After the Cantabrian Wars, which put the end to the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula and established the pax romana, the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus founded three cities in Northwest of Hispania: Bracara Augusta (modern Braga), Lucus Augusti (modern Lugo) and Asturica Augusta (modern Astrorga).
Bracara Augusta was presumably founded between 16 and 15 BCE in the region inhabited by the Bracari tribe located between the rivers Lima and Ave.
The new Imperial City got its name BRACARA from the indigenous people who occupied the territory, and the epithet AUGUSTA in honour of the emperor who had founded it. It was the seat of the Conventus Bracarensis, part of Hispania Tarraconensis.
Over the centuries, Bracara Augusta gained preponderance, and in the 4th century, under Emperor Diocletian, it became the capital city of the new province of Hispania Gallaecia.
As an imperial city, it gradually developed important commercial, juridical, religious, political and administrative functions and favoured the appearance of varied public entertainment spaces.
In this respect, the “Braga Romana” pretends to recreate the Roman universe and, in particular, the quotidian life of so-called Bracaraugustinians.
It is a right time to say: in Braga be Bracaraugustinian! Get dressed rigorously, indulge yourself with Roman delicacies, get charmed by dancers and dance to the music of the God Lupercus, have fun with pantomimes, get drunk with the juices of Bacchus, learn strategies in games, toast Jupiter, honour Mars with legionaries and enjoy craft products.
Revive Bracara Augusta!