NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XIX, no. iv, April 2009
Many thanks to all who came out to Marching Through
Time! In spite of weddings, business trips, and other
distractions, Legio XX mustered a total of 11 people over the weekend,
including two ladies. Not bad at all! The number of other
groups was down a little from last year, but hey, that just meant more
space for the rest of us. And believe it or not, it didn't
rain! Yes, a full two days, mostly sunny and warm. Well,
okay, it *tried* to start raining on us after we had already taken down
the tent on Sunday, but it was just a very brief sprinkle.
Marching Through Time 2010 is already on Marietta's schedule.
Oops, looks like I've signed us up for TWO separate
events for Saturday, May 30. First is a Roman Festival at a
school near King's Dominion in Virginia. It runs from 11 AM to 4
PM, and we can set up as early as 10. We'll be encamped on the
"Field of Mars" (soccer field), doing our usual marching and
pilum-chucking. There will be chariot races to watch, and they
will feed us.
The other event is Modelers Palooza at Fairfax High
School in Fairfax, VA. It runs from 9 AM to 4 PM, and features
hundreds of museum-quality scale models, miniature figurines, and
reenactors from several eras. Special guests include military
veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and Gulf Wars. For
We should be able to handle both of these. The
Roman Festival is farther and mainly outdoors (apparently), but
definitely right up our primary alley. The modelers' show will be
more like the Model Soldier Society shows that we've done a couple
times, basically easy indoor duty. So please let me know if
you would like to sign up for one or the other!
POTOMAC CELTIC FESTIVAL
This year the Potomac Celtic Festival runs two days,
June 13-14, and they already have Legio XX listed on their page of
So I'm assuming we're invited! Last year the day was cut
short by a truly impressive thunderstorm (of course), but that won't
happen again this year… The location is Morven Park in
Leesburg, Virginia, off Route 7 a little ways past the Moskey residence
Public hours are from 10 AM to 7 PM. Vehicles
can be driven to the camp area to unload but must be removed to the
parking area by 9:30. We can take down our camp and leave before
7 if we like, but we'll have to carry all our gear out (not very
far). Last year there was a hospitality tent with free
snacks and cold drinks for all participants. There was a
short parade in the afternoon.
Overall an easy weekend for us. It's a
well-established large event, and all we have to do is show up and do
our thing. I'll double-check on details and registration,
so please let me know your plans.
On SUNDAY July 19 the Legion has been invited to
appear at the Laurel Library from 1 to 3 PM. The program will
based on a visit from Barbara Bell, the British author of the Latin
series "Minimus". Each year in London, Barbara holds a "Minimus"
day at the British Museum (you can see pictures from it on http://minimus.com ) where children are
split up in groups and go to 3-5 stations including a museum mini-tour,
a Latin lesson, a craft, and a visit with some Roman re-enactors.
The plan is to do something similar on a smaller scale. The
coordinator is Ruth Ann Besse, a Latin teacher and regular visitor at
Legio XX events.
Note that this event is a whole FOUR BLOCKS from the
Commander's house in Laurel, MD! We can assemble here and carpool
up the street, or even march for added dramatic effect. The show
itself will be mainly indoors, so I'm not planning to lug the tent or
There may be a related event on the day before,
Saturday July 18, in Takoma Park, MD, but I don't have any details on
that. Stay tuned.
TIMELINE EVENT, NJ--June 2009
I haven't gotten any response from the membership
about the Timeline event in New Jersey on June 20-21, so I'm going to
send our regrets to the coordinator.
Please help us spread the word about RUSTICATIO VIRGINIANA. Even
if you cannot attend yourself, and we hope you can, please share this
information with people you know who would benefit from this tremendous
and fun learning opportunity.
SALVI offers two sessions of RUSTICATIO this summer. Week one
from July 13 - 19 does not exclude beginners but is designed primarily
for experienced Latin speakers. Week two is for beginners only
and runs from July 20 - 26.
Established over ten years ago, RUSTICATIO has a proven track record
for creating programs that foster growth in living Latin in a congenial
and down to earth atmosphere that is both fun and supportive.
The sessions fill up quickly. So act now to guarantee your place!
Complete details are posted on the SALVI web page at http://www.latin. org/
Our site is the historic Claymont Estate in scenic Charles Town, WV,
just one hour by car from Washington-Dulles International Airport.
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
EXPLORATIONS IN ANTIQUITY MUSEUM, from Edge Gibbons
The Explorations in Antiquity Museum in LaGrange, Georgia, USA, will be
hosting a Roman re-enactor event in their great facility from 29-31 May
2009. Check out the museum's website here:
The museum is also featured in the current issue of Biblical
This event is open to any interested Roman re-enactor with a good,
accurate impression -- the museum are sticklers for authenticity as you
can see from their exhibits.
Plenty of places to stay in the local area -- the museum is very close
to Interstate 85 -- and my house is about an hour from the site.
I am more than happy to host as many folks as the house will
hold. Camping is available on-site, with latrine and other
Hosted jointly by Legio VI FFC and Legio XI CPF, please contact myself
at egibbons AT hotmail DOT com, or Rusty Myers for details.
ROMA AETERNA--Rome, Italy
Let me introduce myself: I am Mauritius Comellus Carliis, member
of Vadis Al Maximo the organization that is planning, with the
patronage of Roma’s administration, three days of celebrations for the
Roman Empire and the return of Ludi Circensis.
We have the pleasure to inform you that another day has been added to
the VADIS AL MAXIMO revival of the Roman Empire. The event that
will be held in Rome, Italy, will take place the days 15, 16, 17, 18
October 2009. The calendar of the event is still not complete but
we can anticipate that will have an opening ceremony Thursday October
15 evening, followed by on Friday morning quadriga’s training sessions,
races and war displays in the afternoon, gladiators and races again at
night. With finals on Sunday the event will arrive at the closing
of the games in the evening.
To complement the First Gladiator Maximus Trophy, we have added the
Legionis Romane competition where the participant legions will show
marching and battle techniques. Best show and costumes will gain
substantial cash prices. In order to participate at this event
and their benefit packages, the participating legionnaires and
gladiators groups will have to submit us a short video of their
performance for evaluation purposes. Videos and pictures to be
sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org . A group of experts in
Roman History will analyze them in order to establish the programming.
It is imperative that we receive the material before the end of March
A Castrum Romanum will be prepared for those legionnaires and families
that they do not want to go to hotels. This accommodation will be
considerably less expensive but we do need an early reservation.
The Castrum will have also a Roman Taberna with restaurant service.
We are still working with travel agencies in order to present you
discount packages including airfare, hotel and tickets.
CORSA DELLE QUADRIGHE al Circo Massimo
The return of the quadriga’s races in its natural environment: the
The power of the chariot with 4 horses! The Formula One of antiquity.
MARCIA DELLE LEGIONI al Foro dei Cesari
The first world gathering of the Roman Legions, an invitation to bring
back the sound of the legionnaires marching in the Cesar’s Forum after
1,500 years. We invite you all to participate.
TROFEO GLADIATORIS MAXIMUS
Teams of Gladiators will exhibit their fighting techniques, trying to
conquer the first world title of Gladiatoris Maximus.
More information can be found on our web site:
Feel free to contact me anytime for all the questions you may have that
I am sure will not be just few. I renew the invitation to
participate in this unique event and I will appreciate if you can take
the time to forward this e-mail to all the fellows Romans around the
Roma adventum vostrum plauso maximo expectat.
Mauritius Comellus Carliis
mauritius AT vadisalmaximo DOT com
May 30-- School Demo near King's Dominion, VA
May 30-- Modelers Palooza at Fairfax High School in
June 13-14-- Potomac Celtic Festival, Leesburg, VA
July 19-- Minimus show at Laurel Library, MD
ADLOCVTIO is the Official Newsletter of the Twentieth Legion,
supposedly published on the Ides of each month. I am Quintus, aka
Matthew Amt, the Legion's Commander and Editor of the Newsletter,
matthew_amt AT yahoo DOT com, http://www.larp.com/legioxx/