OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XVII, no. vi, June 2007
ROMAN DAYS THANK YOU!
A very enormous pile of gratitude goes out to
everyone who came to Roman Days and helped make it a great
success. This was the tenth time for this event, and the last one
for Marietta Site Manager Susan Wolfe, who is retiring soon. We
will miss her! Thanks also to Deb Fuller and Richard Campbell,
the organizers, and to Allison, Merlinia, and the other great food
providers. Not to mention all the great folks who traveled so far
to play with us!
For Saturday's massed demo we had a record of about
35 legionaries on the field! There were troops from Legiones XX,
XXIV, I Italica, III Cyrenaica, V Alaudae, IX Hispana, XIV Gemina, and
XXX Ulpia, plus our favorite Samnite. That's not counting seven
or eight Romans who were not marching for various reasons, and two or
three friendly barbarians. We split the troops into two units and
marched them around separately, massing again and then passing one
through the files of the other as we advanced towards the crowd.
It all worked pretty darn well, considering most of us had not worked
together before. We learned a lot about our drill and techniques.
Legio V Alaudae from Tennessee turned out with seven
men and their new leather tent, a very impressive show!
Legio XXX from New York had what looked like a leather tent, but turned
out to be painted canvas. It really looked great! But Legio
III Cyrenaica from New England had to top us all, with a new cart AND a
ten-foot tall ballista! Truly an excellent machine, weighing
close to half a ton, and throwing 3-pound balls of concrete a good
distance without really being wound up. This was the ballista's
first real shooting, and it performed very well. The cart was
used as a mobile mount for George Metz's smaller catapulta, which also
did some shooting. Oh, Legio III also brought a small late Roman
onager, though I never got to see it shoot. Quite an artillery
This year we added a "social" on Friday evening
after set-up, just a relaxed time for more hobnobbing.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to stay for the Saturday night feast, but I
understand that it was quite a party!
And then it rained, and Sunday's activities were
cancelled before they started. That was a serious bummer,
especially to a few troops and visitors who turned up because they
hadn't been able to come on Saturday. I really felt bad about
that! With Saturday being such a success, I know we were all
looking forward to more. Well, we'll see you all next year!
Thank you again.
Hey, how about some photos? From Lee Holeva:
From Deb Fuller, http://www.flickr.com/photos/drfuller/tags/rd07/
From Chuck Russell, http://www.flickr.com/photos/8028065@N05/sets/72157600311704702/
Lee's painted canvas tent (sorry, long URL!), http://www.geocities.com/legio_tricesima_cohors_tres/campusMartis/conturbernium/ContuberniumTent.html
Deb has also started a Roman Days Wiki page, to help
with planning for next year: http://romandays.wikispaces.com/
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
CASTRA ROMANA--ATLANTA, from Edge Gibbons
Fellow Roman Re-enactors:
I wanted to extend a personal invitation to all of you to attend Castra
Romana-Atlanta, hosted by Legio XI Claudia Pia Fidelis, 14-17 June 2007
in Atlanta, GA.
This event is being held in conjunction with the US Army's 232nd
Birthday celebration on Fort McPherson, GA. For more information
on the event itself, I would refer you to the following websites:
While I know that many of you have a busy schedule (especially those of
you who, like me, intend to be there for Roman Days with Matthew), we
believe that this event will offer a great opportunity to show the
professionalism of the Roman army to the professionals of the US Army.
Friends and families are welcome, and the Army is sponsoring many, many
activities for family members. Please try to work us into your
schedules, and help me pass this invitation along to other re-enactors
who might also be interested.
Edward.Gibbons AT forscom DOT army DOT mil
CELEBRATION OF HISTORY, from Doug Shipman
You are invited to participate in Wethersfield Historical Society’s
Celebration of History event during the weekend of June 16-17, 2007, at
the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, in historic
Wethersfield, Connecticut. The society is a non-profit
organization, established in 1932 to promote historical preservation
In celebration of its 75th Anniversary, the society plans to host
living history reenactment groups representing various periods of
history (Stone Age to Modern) to promote interest in history,
illustrate the many changes in culture, technology, strategy, etc. that
have evolved over time and to reinforce the fact that learning history
takes many forms and is great fun!
Each group is asked to provide a small encampment and representative
furnishings, equipment, staff, etc. for the weekend, with a focus on
visitor interaction and education. A demonstration area will be
provided and units are encouraged to pre register for demonstration
times for small arms, weapons, tactical, craft skill or other public
demonstrations appropriate to their group’s background.
The society will provide a stipend for each unit, as well as straw,
firewood and fire-pit (if requested), and 24-hour access to restroom
facilities. Units are invited to encamp overnight on-site or in
one of the museum’s indoor spaces if desired (there are also many local
hotels with reasonable rates).
Please contact society Director Doug Shipman at 860-529-7656, or at
weth.hist.society AT snet DOT net to learn more about this event or to
express intent to participate. http://www.wethhist.org
We look forward to your joining us as we celebrate history, and our
75th Anniversary as an organization dedicated to historical
preservation and education!
MILITARY TIMELINE, ATLANTA
I am looking for someone to serve as an Ancient Roman Re-Enactor for
our program on September 16. On this weekend, the Atlanta History
Center is hosting its program, Exploring the Military Timeline.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in participating,
please let me know via email.
Thank you kindly,
Manager of Public Programs I Atlanta History Center
VToranzo AT AtlantaHistoryCenter DOT com
On behalf of the ISPA and The Legionaries and Supporters of Legio VI
Ferrata Fidelas Constans would like to formally invite you to our sixth
annual Castra Romana, November 16, 17, and 18, 2007. This event will be
held at Givhans State Park in South Carolina. Knowing it is a bit
of a drive for most, we are pulling out all the stops (including lots
of new stuff!!) to make this an experience you will not want to miss,
and will never forget!
Any ancient re-enactors, Romans, Barbarians, Gladiators, and Civilians
are invited! Vendors too!
While this event will be advertised and open to the public, our primary
goal is to provide a unique experience to our participants. To
this end we have a great number of events which will interest the Roman
Reenactor, be they soldier or civilian! If you have a unique
impression you would like to bring and add, please contact us.
The last years have been an outstanding success, and this year will be
Soldiers will get the opportunity to drill and train, throw live pila
on the pila range, practice live sword (against a post of course!), in
addition to participating in Needlefelt mock combat both on the drill
field for spectators Saturday, you will see the Gladiators in the arena
in daylight, and at a special torchlight nightime match just before the
The highlight of the event will be the Centurios Convivium, a grande
Roman Banquet and hosted by the Centurio. Ask anyone about our
feast! The food alone is worth the drive!
Average Temperature in November in South Carolina is 65-75
degrees. In addition there are few if any events on the calendar
for that period of time. Plus the mosquitos are mostly dead!
Legio VI will be onsite Thursday the 14th to Monday the 19rd, but you
should try to arrive sometime Thursday or Friday unless you are setting
special event or station. Re-enacting events start Friday
night. Vendors are welcome to set up a display, but we ask that
they remain in period as much as they are able, and you must contact us
as soon as possible. We have limited room for vendors, but will
endeavor to accommodate you in the period market, or vendor row.
event is being planned for the participants, so we need you to
attend! Please RSVP via EMAIL by October 1st with firm numbers if
at all possible (this is so we can plan the feast).
It is our sincerest hope you will plan to attend. We will have an
excellent time, and want you to be there to celebrate the growth of
Roman Living Archeology, at the best Castra Romana EVER!
Event Contact: Rusty Myers
JustusLonginus AT aol DOT com
--Archaeological Sewing, http://www.heatherrosejones.com/archaeologicalsewing/
-- Biblical Faces by Dick Stenbakken, http://www.dickstenbakken.com/
July 7 --Monthly Workshop? I'll find out and let ya
August 4 --Ditto!
September 15-16 --Fall Encampment, Marietta Mansion
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/