Roman specialist to speak

NASHUA – Roman military specialist Douglas Ryan will make presentations Wednesday at the north campus of Nashua High School. Students and members of the public will have the chance to learn about ancient military culture and view items from ancient Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations.

Ryan, a Latin teacher in the Hingham, Mass., school system, is a Fulbright scholar who has studied and traveled extensively in Italy. Over the years, he has developed a 90-minute presentation on the Roman military and has visited many schools and professional conferences.

His mini museum of ancient items includes pottery, glassware, sculptures, coins, household items, scale models of Roman siege machines, a full-size suit of Roman legionary armor and weaponry.

The presentation will consist of a slide lecture on the Roman army as well as a demonstration of the use of ancient weaponry. Ryan will present movie clips to illustrate Roman army tactics and, at the end of the presentation, will allow people to browse the mini museum and ask questions.

There will be four 90-minute presentations Wednesday, one during each period, in the north campus lecture hall. The four periods start at 7:40, 9:14 and 10:48 a.m., and 12:57 p.m.

To cover the cost of the presentations, Nashua High is asking attendees to make a $3 donation. To attend, or for more information, contact Latin teacher Roger Brunelle at 589-6400 or