NEWSLETTER OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION
Vol. XVIII, no. vi, June 2008
On SUNDAY, June 29, Legio XX will be part of the
Washington DC Festa Italiana, at Holy Rosary Church, 3rd and F St,
The hours are 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM. We will do
some marching demos whenever there is a convenient break in the other
entertainment. Apparently there is no place to set up the tent
and usual camp area, so we'll basically just be there in "battle
order". Bring your satchel and carry it slung if you need
to. Probably we'll have a small base area to hang out, though we
might be asked to do "guard duty" in front of the church,
etc. We are still working out details of parking (since
streets will be closed off and weapons are not permitted on Metro!),
food, and water.
If you want to portray an earlier or later era than
our usual 43 AD, feel free. Helmet crests are also good, if you
have one. And sunscreen!!
Please let me know if you plan to attend!
Members of other legions are more than welcome, as well.
ROMAN DAYS 2008
The next Roman Days will be on the weekend of
September 26-28, 2008 (not June!), probably in Northern Virginia.
Richard and Deb have been working in concert with the Fairfax County
Latin Teachers Association, whose members are very enthusiastic about
helping out with a site, funding, and more. The discussion
is on the Roman Days list, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romandays/
FILMING, from David Smith
Friends, Romans, "barbarians," et al:
I have been in contact with a film maker who is interested in shooting
a docudrama in Gettysburg-- probably the weekend AFTER Roman Days.
This film maker is interested in "fit" and "accurate" Romans and
"barbarians," including some civilians.
Details about pay/legal have not been worked out, but the film maker
has asked me to coordinate personnel, equipment, etc. When I get
more information, I'll start contacting unit leaders for individual
talent shots and resumes. The director wants me to stress two things:
1) Reenactors must be fit enough to look like active legionaries;
2) Reenactors must be willing to get their equipment wet and/or dirty.
The reason this project seems especially cool is that the director is
willing to shoot narration/dialogue in Latin with English subtitles,
and is interested in doing some battle sequences with "barbarians.
" Also, there would be camp scenes demonstrating aspects of daily
camp life. I have already suggested that this film maker visit
Roman Days, Lafe, Pompeii II, etc. to get an idea of what we Romans can
do. Let's show the shiny boys of Ermine Street Guard that we
Yanks have come of age!
Since there are already Revolutionary War and American Civil War
docudramas out there, why not for Rome?
Please let me know if anyone is interested. This project will involve a
screening of individuals, working with the casting director, so if you
have a 'talent shot,' that would be great.
dsmith7070 AT comcast DOT net
SUMMER ACTIVITIES, from Mike Flowers, June 18, 2008
the first of several emails, which I am writing to keep all of you
informed of my activities during the summer. Internet connection
permitting, I hope to write one every week or every time something
those who need a quick recap, I am excavating a Roman fort in Romania
for two weeks with a professor whom I met while studying abroad in
Greece last spring. From there I am flying straight to Montana to
dig up a dinosaur with paleontologist Jack Horner for seven more
weeks. Fun times!
for some details. I've been in Romania for over a week now.
I flew into Bucharest last Sunday and met the team there. It
consists of six students whom I had class with in Greece, so I already
know them (one of them is my girlfriend Breanne). Yiannis Karavas
is a professor of Roman archaeology who focuses on the late Roman
army. He is leading the excavation this year. The
"principal investigator" Mihail is a Romanian archaeologist who has
been digging at this site since 1981 and serves as the general overseer
of the project. Karavas is slowly becoming his replacement.
Greek name for the site is Halmyris, which means "salty place," and it
is a Roman fortification located along the Danube River near where it
meets the Black Sea. It sits next to the modern town of Murighiol
("purple lake" in Turkish) and about an hour from Tulcea, the next
largest city. The first fort was built there in the late first
century A.D. when Emperor Vespasian entered the area and was rebuilt
and occupied throughout the late Roman Empire until about the 7th
century. It served as one of the major border forts along the
Danube, which protected the Empire from invading barbarian
hordes. At any given time, the fort held a garrison of 300
infantry or cavalry, an elaborate bathhouse, and later a basilica with
two Christian saints buried inside. Our excavation this season is
attempting to locate the principia, the headquarters of the fort.
We've opened up two new trenches where we believe it to be and so far
have dug about 70 cm deep. We've located a hard-packed clay floor
which corresponds to the Justinian occupation in the 6th century.
Every day we wake up at 6am and have breakfast. We drive to the
site by 7. We dig until about 1pm with a half-hour break at
10. The work consists mostly of shoveling with some episodes of
troweling and sweeping. We're lucky to have four local boys use
wheelbarrows to take away the dirt, otherwise we'd have to do that
too. After this we go back to the excavation house where we're
staying and have lunch, and then siesta (=nap) until 6pm. We get
back together afterwards to clean pottery and talk about the day's
finds. 7pm is dinner. Euro2008 soccer tournament is on, so
we usually watch two games and then go to the pub. Sleep happens
town of Murighiol is nice. Everyone is really friendly and
generous, and especially curious about strangers. It's also one
of the few areas of Europe which still gladly welcomes Americans.
Each family has an extensive garden around their house, all of which
are both beautiful and functional (there aren't any grocery stores for
vegetables). The wildlife is amazing—storks nest on telephone
poles, swans frequent the lake (which is purple in the sunset) and the
yard is littered with snails. A local woman cooks all of our
meals, which is some of the best food I've ever eaten. There's
also a young puppy to play with. Life is good here, even if I'm
tired most of the time.
guess that's all I have for right now. More details would take
too long. I'll write again after I get to Montana this weekend.
Bye for now,
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
--CASTRA ROMANA POMPEII II, THE ERUPTION CONTINUES, from Rusty Myers
Attention, all legions! You are summoned to Charlotte, a city in North
Carolina on September 5-7, 2008, where you will partake in maneuvers
and drills and displays of offensive and defensive weapons.
Discovery Place is pleased to invite Roman civilian, legion and
gladiator reconstruction groups from throughout the southeast and the
United States to participate in a living history tableau of a Roman
Discovery Place is also honored to host the Legions, Gladiators, and
their guests at a private evening, Saturday, to include complementary
admission to the international exhibition, A Day in Pompeii, with
guided tour; all science galleries filled with fun hands-on science
Check out http://www.discoveryplace.org
for more information on the exhibition.
Castra Romana combined with the exhibition A Day In Pompeii provides an
exceptional opportunity to educate the public on what daily life was
like in a provincial first century A.D. Roman town and for the Roman
armies that built the great Roman Empire.
Encampment set-up begins Thursday September 4, 2008
Encampment location: The Fourth Ward Park, two blocks from the Science
Public hours: The encampment will be open 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 9
AM to 2 PM Sunday
School group tours: Friday 11 AM to 1 PM for legion groups that are
We are exploring discounted or affordable motel accommodations.
More details to be provided as soon as available. If you intend to stay
in a motel, contact Rusty Myers, justuslonginus AT aol DOT com
Vendors of Roman Period Wares are also invited to attend
For more information about participating in the event, please contact
Rusty Myers of Legio VI, Re-enacting coordinator, at justuslonginus AT
aol DOT com or 843-437-5587
The Discovery Place Museum
301 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
June 29 (SUNDAY)-- Festa Italiana, Washington DC
September 26-28-- Roman Days!
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