LEGIO XX--The Twentieth Legion

ROMAN DAYS 2013                                                       1/31/13


MAY 10-11 (FRIDAY and Saturday), 2013

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       Roman Days is the Twentieth Legion's annual Big Event, to which all other Romans and other interested parties are invited.  It is open to the public, and we get hundreds of enthusiastic visitors.   This year the location will be Riversdale Mansion, 4811 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale, MD 20737, http://www.riversdale.org/   The date is May 10-11, 2013, and public hours will (probably) be 11 AM to 4 PM.  Admission for the public is $5 for adults and $3 for students.  There is no charge for participants, though vendors are asked to make a donation if they have a decent weekend.

       Below is a map with the proposed arrangement.  There is room for flexibility!   The gates will be closed in the evening but not locked, so you can still bring your cars in during the night.  You can drive on the grass (carefully!) to unload at your campsite, and park in the lot overnight.  Since parking is somewhat limited, however, participants and vendors should park in the streets around the site during public hours, leaving the lot open for visitors.  There is a water faucet on the back wall of the visitor center, plus real bathrooms!  (And a porta-potty or two at night.)  Ground fires are not permitted, but raised braziers or stoves are allowed (probably a good idea to bring your own wood or charcoal). 

       Please see the Roman Days wiki at http://romandays.wikispaces.com/ for details, activities, registration, local restaurants and hotels, etc.  There is also an email discussion group for planning purposes, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/romandays/.


From the North: From Capital Beltway I-95/495 eastbound/southbound (Inner Loop), take Exit 23 onto Kenilworth Ave. Rt. 201, and turn right to go south.  Go about 3 miles, through the light at Rt. 410 East-West Highway, and at the next light turn right onto Riverdale Road.  Go about 4 blocks and the site will be on your left (look for the tall iron fence). 
--OR you can take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Rt. 295) south towards Washington DC.  Take the Rt. 410 exit and turn right towards Hyattsville (East-West Highway, or it might actually be called Riverdale Rd. at this point).   Go about 3/4 of a mile and turn left at the light onto Kenilworth Ave. Rt. 201, then right at the next light onto Riverdale Road.  Go about 4 blocks and the site will be on your left (look for the tall iron fence).

From the South: Take the Capital Beltway I-95/495 north towards Baltimore, being sure to stay in the "local" lanes.  The "not recommended" route is to take the first exit on the Maryland side of the Wilson Bridge onto I-295 north.  This becomes the most horrible piece of highway in the region, with construction, potholes, confusing signs, and homicidal racing drivers.  Due to recent changes, one of the forks to the left is now an exit to the right, and I don't think Google Maps has kept up with that.  Once you get into the bad section, you want to find the Baltimore-Washington Parkway north.  From the Parkway, take the Rt. 410 exit and turn left towards Hyattsville (East-West Highway, or it might actually be called Riverdale Rd. at this point).  Go about 3/4 of a mile and turn left at the light onto Kenilworth Ave. Rt. 201, then right at the next light onto Riverdale Road.  Go about 4 blocks and the site will be on your left (look for the tall iron fence).

--To avoid I-295, stay on the Beltway to Exit 20, Rt. 450 Annapolis Rd. west towards Landover/Bladensburg.  Go a little over a mile and turn right on to Rt. 410 Veteran's Parkway/East-West Hwy.  Follow 410 about 2 miles and turn left at the light onto Kenilworth Ave. Rt. 201, then right at the next light onto Riverdale Road.  Go about 4 blocks and the site will be on your left (look for the tall iron fence).   (Actually, as you go down 450 a half-mile from the Beltway, you will come to "Riverdale Rd." at a light.  You can turn right there, and it will merge with 410.)

From the West:  Make your way to the Capital Beltway, I-495.  My advice is to take that north (Inner Loop) towards Frederick and Silver Spring.  After crossing the Cabin John Bridge into Maryland, stay right on 495 as I-270 forks off to the left.  Go through Silver Spring and past the exit for I-95 North, then take Exit 23 for Kenilworth Ave. Rt. 201 south and proceed as above.

       PHOTOS from previous years are visible below.

, from:

Deb Fuller, http://www.flickr.com/photos/drfuller/tags/rd07/ 

Chuck Russell, http://www.flickr.com/photos/8028065@N05/sets/72157600311704702/ 


--Dan Diffendale's photo page, http://www.freewebtown.com/italica/rd2005/ 


       I seem to have only a few, here, unless you want more of me and a bunch of legionaries standing in line like so many others on this page!

Asellina's Caupona, with new graffiti (a political candidate's advertisement).  Linda Thompson, Allison Campbell, and Deb Fuller.

Mike Heenan of Legio III Cyrenaica, and his charming wife.

John Ebel, center, with his gladiators.  A legionary guards the perimeter.

Nate Bell wearing just a small selection of his excellent Gallic equipment.


--Richard Campbell's photographs are here:  http://www.geocities.com/richsc53/RD0603/RD2003.html

The photos below were mostly taken by Jane Walker (copyright Jane Walker), and high-resolution prints of those are available for a modest fee--see Adlocvtio for June 2003 for details.

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--Jim Allen has put some photos online here:  http://www.coachjim.com/LegioXX/RD2002.html

--Matt Hucke of Nova Roma has a temporary site for these:  http://www.novaroma.org/tmp/rd2002/

--And MOVIES!!  Two choices:  Troops charging the crowd,(c. 520 K) and Throwing pila, (c. 1 Megabyte). From Sean Edwards.

The following photos were mostly taken by Jane Walker (Copyright Jane Walker).
Massing for the first formation, a total of 16 troops from 5 legions!
Asellina and Aulus (Allison and Richard Campbell).
Marching off, Quintus in the lead.  (Hey, why don't I let someone ELSE do this next time?)
Merlinia, Hilara, and Asellina at the Caupona.
In the field in a single rank.
Merlinia in her natural environment.
"Marching up and down the square."
The Kiddy Cohort!
Testudo of 16 men.
Ian Hanna and Olivia Amt.
Inspection time!  This could be bad, sports fans...
The Fashion Show!  In the shadows at left is "The Shadowy Dr. E.", Emilie Amt.  Also SJ Allen and her son Giles.
Legionaries gearing up.
Two senators head off to work.
Paul Montello of Legio XI Claudia, Atlanta, Georgia.
The ladies in the Fashion Show seem to be having a good time.
Quinton Johansen of Legio VI Victrix, Connecticut.
Fashion Show.  Katy Hanna with son Ian, SJ Allen, and JJ Moskey.
Scott Jenquin of Legio XIV Gemina Martia Victrix, Milwaukee, Wisconson.
Maximus (John Ebel, kneeling at center) with his gladiators.  Senator Marcus Audens (James Matthews) at left, and Gallio Marsalla (George Metz) of Legio XXIV at right.
Olympics!  In the Armor Race, the contestants reach the turning post, with Marcus Posidonius in the lead.
Daniel and Carolyn Dodenhoff surrounded by their "friends". 
Coming out of the turn, Quintus viciously runs a couple friends off the road!
Enraged by high prices, the troops storm the merchant stalls!

Photographs from ROMAN DAYS, 2001
       Most of these are copyright Jane Walker.

Lucius Equitius Cincinnatus (Mike Cope) drumming up votes at Asellina's Caupona.  Nice shoes, Senator!  Roger Moskey at left, Jeff Crean at right.
Asellina (Allison Campbell) hopes these customers don't trash the place. 
Fashion Show.  The models display a selection of Imperial-era party clothing.
Jenny McGuire spinning wool with her drop spindle.
Merlinia (Joanne Shaver) of Settmour Swamp serving the Saturday evening feast.  Ostrich, Lucanian Sausage, and more, all wonderful!
The massed troops chucking pila.
The Evolution of the Roman Soldier.  Quintus as Greco-Etrusco-Roman hoplite (note spiffy new buttspike on the spear!)
Legionaries massing for a tactical demo.  (Thanks to John Ebel for this photo.)

Scenes from ROMAN DAYS, 2000
Part of the lineup at Roman Days this year.  Left to right is Jason Turner, Ron Kenat, Mark Hanna, and Charles Miller.  (This photo and the 2 below are copyright Jane Walker.)

Lisa and John Macek participating for their first time.  (Thanks to John and Lisa for this photo, and for that below.)

Junia and Marcus Posidonius (Katy and Mark Hanna)
The Kids' Cohort marches into action!  We issued cardboard scuta to the youngsters and taught them a little drill.  Those who completed the grueling course got a certificate.  They loved it!

The combined forces of several legions advancing, showing a nice mix of equipment.  At far right is Tom Kolb wearing his Punic War kit.
Another Kids' Cohort view, with some larger participants at left.  (This photo by SJ Allen.)

Scenes from ROMAN DAYS, 1999 (Special thanks to photographer Marsh Wise.)

Darren Nunez (left), Commander of Legio III Gallica (New Orleans), with Tom Kolb and Matthew Amt of Legio XX.
Hortensia explains her herbs.
View of the massed ranks from the rear.
Massed tactical demo. 

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