Not Your Ordinary Football Match – Delmates vs. Romans in Sinj Tonight

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It is called an Evening of Antiquity.

But don´t be fooled by the name, as it is a football game. Maybe not the one you are used to, but there will be a ball and several men chasing it. By definition, this is a football match and apparently it was a football match back in Roman times, when the Delmates taught the Romans to play football. More info about where football actually comes from here.

The Evening of Antiquity will take place tonight July 26, 2015 in Sinj at the Square of Dr. Franje Tuđmana starting at 21:00. More about what can you expect from the Sinj tourist board:

“The idea of a match review between the Delmates and the Romans is based on the historical facts related to the tombstone of Gaius Laberius.

In order to promote the theory about the origins of football in this area, the freelance artist Dean Poljak made a replica of the tombstone and created a game adapted to the time the original stele dates from.

The match is in fact a theatrical performance of comic character, played by the invented rules which are inspired by the spirit of ancient times. The leading roles belong to Emperor Diocletian and Empress Prisca with their advisers, surrounded by guards and soldiers and in this way separated from the field, where there are bandsmen, a referee and players, ten of them in both teams, that of the Delmates and of the Romans, all of them dressed in authentic costumes.”




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