Vol. XIII, no. i, January 2003

       From Richard and Allison Campbell:  We'll be hosting Lupercalia on Saturday, February 22, 2003.  It will probably start around 4 PM and, as usual, go on until the wee hours.  We have a spare bedroom, and one full size pull out sofa (Merlinia has already claimed one bedroom), if you need to sleep over.  Period dress or armor is encouraged, but not required.
       Food will include a lot of period drinks, including Ros Montii, and I'm looking into a Gallo-Roman vinyard in France that is making 'authentic' wines.  I have not seen anyone do period beer; volunteers?  Allison is working on a menu; suggestions and period recipes welcome.
       The other subject brought up was entertainment, with a strong vote to repeat the Dave Michaels belly dancer feature (but not with Dave AS the dancer).  One other possibility is really unique, a member of the dance-music group Omnia, Susanne Ruhling, for very well researched dance and song.  She's enthusiastic but is in Germany, so logistics is a problem.  She does middle eastern dance as well, so she fits the bill for that.
       For more details, 703---. Directions to the Campbell's house,  south of Alexandria and just above Mount Vernon itself. 

       1. From the Maryland side of the Capital Beltway/I-95 S/I-495 (inner loop), immediately after crossing the Potomac River on the Wilson Bridge, take the first exit for the George Washington Parkway and Mount Vernon.  This is a hairpin right turn, up to the light.  Take a right at the light, and you're on South Washington Street that turns into the GW Parkway.  You will go through  the last traffic light mentioned above, go six and a half miles south to Vernon View Drive, turn right, go about 1/4 mile then right on Battery Road, then 100 yards and left on Camfield Drive.  Go about 1/4 mile and 8820 is on your left.
       2. Coming from the Virginia Side (outer loop), take the US Route 1 exit south
to Fort Belvoir. (This is the last exit before the Wilson Bridge, so don't miss it).  Stay on the right and bear right for Fort Hunt Road in less than a quarter mile. This is an odd dog leg, because at the light, you have to go left across Route 1 to get to Fort Hunt Road.  (In other words, you have to fork right then turn left and go through light across Rt. 1--watch for the signs!)  Stay on Ft Hunt for about six and a half miles. You will pass the Carl Sandburg Intermediate School on your right at six miles.  Fort  Hunt Road takes an immediate left a half mile after this, but you don't take that--stay going straight as the road turns into Vernon View Drive.  Stay on this for another quarter-mile, then turn left on Battery Road and proceed as above.
       3.  From Woodbridge or points south, you can take Route 1 to Ft Belvoir, go past Ft. Belvoir about one mile, then right at the first traffic light by Woodlawn Plantation. This road leads to Mt Vernon directly.  Go north on the George Washington Parkway about two miles to Vernon View Drive, turn left, and proceed as above.

       Mike Bishop's latest is out, "Lorica Segmentata", the first Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies monograph.  BUY IT.  It has photographs of my lorica and armguard in it!  That's not the only reason to buy it, of course, it is also chock-full of great information on every known type of lorica segmentata, with drawings and some reconstructions of pieces we've only heard rumors of.  You can get your copy straight from the Armatura Press,, or through David Brown Book Company.   The best part is that this is just "Volume I"--the second volume, by Mike Thomas, will be a catalog of lorica segmentata finds.  It is due out "soon".

       Graham Sumner would like to say that his next Osprey book, Roman Military Clothing (2), is nearly complete and should be out soon.  We are frothing for that one, too!  It will include headwear, the subarmalis, and more.

       Britain AD 43 event, Lafe, Arkansas, March 21,22,23.  An earth and timber fort is being reconstructed on this site!  A $10 fee per adult is requested to pay for portapotties, straw, etc.  For further information, contact Mark Saddler at 870---.

       From Jane Sibley: MithraCon V will be held on the weekend of 11-13 April 2003; for info please go to

       Legio I Italica in Atlanta, Georgia, has a living history event on Saturday, April 12 (with set-up on Friday).  This will include a Good Friday show and Crucifixion, and they need at least a half-dozen legionaries.  Contact Fred Schaller.

       Fred is also working with the town of Rome, Georgia on a major festival to be held May 3, 2003.  His unit and any other Romans would be the centerpiece.  He needs feedback from potential participants as soon as possible.

       March 29, an SCA event in Fredericksburg, VA, "Defending the Gate/Varus‚ Lost Golden Eagle".  Limited parking.  Mechants, childrens' activities, dancing, food, feast, fighting (and various fees), etc.  Contact Laurie Clarkston,  540---, before 10:30 PM.

       From John Macek, a winery in France produces ancient wines,
       Oh, goody, looks like "Gladiator" has inspired Hollywood to make even MORE "historical" movies…
       Haven't done a lot of updates to the Legio XX site recently, except for adding a photo of Erik D. Schmid's riveted mail (a gift from Arthur Hendrick) to the Hamata page.  And the usual tweaks to Links, Suppliers, and Bibliography.

   February 1 -- Monthly Workshop at Roger Moskey's
   February 22 -- LupercaliaParty at Richard and Allison Campbell's house
   March 1 -- Monthly Workshop, yada yada…
   March 16 -- University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia re-opening its Mediterranean World section, Legion will be on display
   April 5 -- Monthly Workshop.  Time to do some drill,eh?
   April 12-13 -- Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion, Glenn Dale, MD.  Our "season opener" (hoping we aren't exhausted from all the pre-season activity), a multi-period event with groups ranging from Romans (that's us!) through World War II.
   June 7-8 -- ROMAN DAYS, Marietta Mansion

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.)

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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,   Valete!