Vol. XIV, no. ix, September 2004
We have been invited by Chris Cassel of KPI TV to take part in a filming for a History Channel show on Caesar's bridge over the Rhine. Details are still being worked out, but it will probably be on September 25 or 26. Chris is scouting out several river sites in northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.
I have asked him for $100 per person, and he says this sounds reasonable. For Legio XX Members, this is going into your pockets because your bodies and gear are being hired by this filming company. A few bucks off the top into the Legion coffers would naturally be appreciated, but we'll worry about all that when the time comes.
The goal is to show reasonably accurate gear from Caesar's time: hamata, oval scuta, Montefortino or other early helmets. So it's safe to leave the segmentata at home. If you don't have the appropriate gear, come with your tunic, caligae, and other accessories anyway, and either we can put some borrowed gear on you or you can dig in your tunic. Coolus or other brass helmets are fine. For shields, the curve-sided "Augustan" style may work, or even the flat oval auxiliary clipeus. Mainz or hispaniensis-style swords are best, but bring your Pompeii if that's all you have since they may not be visible anyway.
Tools are also requested--dolabra, shovel, turf cutter, hatchet, etc. Marching pack, probably. Don't know if he wants tent and standards or not.
They also want barbarians, apparently. Any respectable Gallic or Germanic stuff is welcome.
If you can NOT come, and have equipment you'd be willing to lend, that would be hugely appreciated!
Legio XX members (and some other folks around the DC area) will be getting the details as I get them. Anyone else who is interested, please contact Chris Cassel directly: 212---, http://www.kpitv.com.
Tom Apple of Tuckahoe Trading Company says he will soon be offering Roman amphorae in a couple sizes. They don't appear on his company's website yet, but you can go here to get an idea of what will be available: http://www.gotocompassco.com/
These are made in Spain in a village that was making them two thousand years ago. Each style will be available in plain clay as well as the "antiqued" look. Stay tuned for more details, or see the Tuckahoe website, http://www.tuckahoetradingco.com/
ROMANS AT THE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, From Richard Saulpaugh:
A short contubernium of Legio XIV (Milwaukee, WI) went to the Midwest Renaissance Faire in Bristol, WI, and darned if we weren't photo bait there. We had about a hundred requests for photos and one professional artist who need us as models...
All in all it was a positive experience (even the Queen gave us an acknowledgement during the court's parade). I recall only two sour jibes about us being out of period to which I said nothing - Wherever Klingons can show up, we're in good company. On the other hand many more asked detailed questions about how we made our stuff or how much it cost. I was proud to say I had made a great deal of my own kit to which I received several compliments of completeness. We had one Italian who told us of his brother in Rome who does reenacting, too.
Fortunately, "Peace Bonded" weapons are allowed here in WI unlike some other Ren Faires. And to their credit, security carefully tugged to make sure we were good. We purposely omitted the pila however, which even capped can be a menace.
I'll be the first to admit that "marching in formation" with scuta through the faire was a show stopper (with at least one interupted stage show) and with startled people squealing, "Look! Trojans!" as we jingled past. The young guys also got some favorable attention from the maidens around the square. :) Wherever we moved, people seemed to naturally part out of way. And interestingly enough, people seemed to mistake us as cops - more than once we got asked for directions as if we were part of the "show." Then there was the guy in civvies who was acting out (presumably drunk). When his yelling caused all of us to look at him and his friends, he shut up and then scurried away. What an interesting psychological study could be made of what it is about the Roman kit that makes people respond like that...
Richard (M. Flavianus Petro), Legio XIV Gemina Martia Victrix
This is about your last chance to get in on Gary Barbosa's big filming gig in Nashville, Tennessee. On October 16-17 he is filming a trailer for a Roman movie that he hopes to have produced, and currently has over 70 troops and 60 or more civilian reenactors registered. You need to sign up with him to be eligible for free hotel space (no other payment is offered). Contact him directly at 727---, website http://www.romanreenactment.com/.
Note that this is not an official Twentieth Legion event, and the Commander is not planning to attend, but the tent may be available. Greg Fabic has been talking about driving several people down in his van, which has a secure trailer for storing gear. Talk to him if that sounds like a good deal.
Got contacted by a blacksmith, Jim Gerlinsky of Chokecherry Forge in Saskatchewan, Canada. His website is http://www.chokecherryforge.com/, and he may be a good source for weapons and other ironwork.
ANTIQUITIES DEALER from Richard Campbell
While slogging through the Baltimore antiques show this weekend, we were suddenly surprised, among all the display cases of 19th century victoriana, to see a clutch of Roman clay lamps. Even more, there were Etruscan drinking cups, Roman gold rings, a La Tene sword, Roman beads, and other objects one never sees at an 'antiques' show. The owner is Sue McGovern, and she has just opened Sands of Time at 3003 P St. in Georgetown this week. Sue told us that she was told there has not been an antiquities dealer in the DC area in 20 years!
A knowledgable and enthusiastic antiquities dealer, she is delighted to show off her collection, and may even be able to let us get close hand looks at these original objects. Two items to catch my attention that weren't at the show were a Roman camp stool, and what she says is a 3rd century gladius.
I will certainly running by P street next week. I think she'd be glad to see everyone from the group. The gallery phone is 202-342-0518, and she says her current hours are 10-4 M-F, and until 7 on Saturday.
Last month I was contacted by Tony Moreschi, an artist in Florida. I then utterly failed to get back to him or to pass his message along, so hopefully I can get caught up, here. This is what he says:
"Since I'm down here in Florida, maybe I could be an associate type member and your gang's illustrator? I think (I know!) we could come up with some great Legion artwork, especially with the knowledge your legion has and the passion you guys show. Like I said on the phone, I know a bunch of illustrators that "use" people to obtain their photos and or reference material-- I AM NOT LIKE THIS. I establish a relationship with the groups I work with and give back to the groups or individuals many ways: payments, t-shirts, framed art prints, and/ or portraits. I visited your group's site and was very impressed. Any artwork I do would be at your disposal on the web-site as long as we can protect it from being stolen from other people. I want your legion to be the distinct users of the artwork if you guys help me out. Per our discussion, in return for help in modeling for illustrations, I would want to supply your group with t-shirts, and or we could do a collage for an art print. Or I could simply pay for photos, and I know if I get some good ones, you guys would definitely get some shirts also.
"Ask the guys and if any of them (or you) want to do something like this, I can be reached via e-mail at lawmanstudios AT msn DOT com, and also by phone, 407-383-2840. My web-site is http://www.lawmanstudios.com. Most of my material is geared to law enforcement but I do other artwork. I also do color, the law enforcement community seems to like the black and white, so we cater to the customers. I hope the gang would be interested in forming a partnership. I have references if needed. My web-site is outdated and at this moment is being updated with a ton of new work. "
Anyway, I'll try to get back to him about this (sorry for the delay, Tony!). And anyone else who would like to contact him directly is certainly welcome to, of course.
From the Shadowy Dr. E, Medicina Antiqua, a websites for the history of ancient medicine, http://www.medicinaantiqua.org.uk/index.html
From Richard Saulpaugh: Seen at
the History Channel Website, New
PC Game: Rome Total War
http://boards.historychannel.com/threaded.jsp?forum=112&thread=300019384&start=4&msgSeq=4. Screen shots of the animation: http://www.firingsquad.com/media/gallery_index.asp/197. The animation from this game was used in a recent History Channel series called "Decisive Battles."
Recent tweaks to the Legio XX site: Links, Suppliers, Lorica, and Hamata.
MORE DISTANT EVENTS
September 18-19 is the Roman Market Days event in Wells, Maine. See the website at http://www.romanmarketday.com, or contact William Bradford at Cassius622 @ aol. com.
September 25 or 26 --KPI TV filming for a History Channel show on Caesar's bridge over the Rhine. See above.
Oct. 2-3 --History Alive time-line encampment at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Virginia. Greg Fabic attended this last year with another group and highly recommended it, but we haven't discussed it or registered or anything. Any thoughts?
Oct. 2 --Monthly Workshop at Roger and JJ Moskey's, Sterling, VA. (Anyone can host a workshop or party, by the way, and it does not have to be on the first Saturday of the month. Just sing out!)
Nov. 6 --Monthly Workshop
December ? --Probably the Walk Through Bethlehem, at the Adventist World Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.
June 3-5 --Roman Days, Marietta Mansion, Glenn Dale, MD. Includes visits by school groups on Friday, and possibly a mini-symposium on Thursday.
Directions to the monthly workshops/musters at Roger Moskey's house:
From I-495 Capital Beltway, take Exit 12 B Route 267 Toll Road West towards Dulles Airport. After paying toll (50 cents), take the first exit--Exit 16 Route 7 Leesburg Pike West for about 11 miles. Go past Cascades Parkway, and at the next light take a right onto PALISADES Parkway, then an immediate left onto "Triple 7" (Route 777). Pass Calvary Temple on right, take the next right onto Regina Drive; follow it to the end and take a right onto Markwood Drive. At stop sign take a left onto Terrie Drive (culdesac). #304 is just to the right of the middle. (Actually, I've been taking VA Rt. 193 Georgetown Pike from the Beltway, through Great Falls and up to Rt. 7. Cuts off some of the Beltway, the toll, and much of awful Rt. 7.)
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, http://www.larp.com/legioxx/.