Vol. XIX, no. i, January 2009


Rumina poscete Ante diem quintem Kalendae

You are invited to the Lupercalia party of Legio XX, the 20th Legion of Rome, on February 21, from 5pm until the gods of Rome are appeased!

Roman foods, drink and merriment in keeping with the spirit and festival of Lupercalia!

Classical food, drinks, and entertainment!

Roman or barbarian dress encouraged but not required, and we do have spare costumes.  Please: NO hobnails!

No children please.

Edamus bibamus gaudeamus

Questions?  Contributions?  Call Allison or Richard Campbell at 703-799-2696, email richsc AT usa DOT net  or text to 571-216-3925

8820 Camfield Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22308

If you need to stay over we have one guest room.


From Alexandria: from south Washington Street : go south on the George Washington Parkway just over six miles until you see Vernon View Drive on your right.  Turn right, go 1⁄4 mile to Battery Road ; turn right, go 100 yards, and turn left on Camfield Drive.  Go 1⁄4 mile to 8820

Ah, 495 and Wilson Bridge!  Note new (as of Dec) THRU and LOCAL lane options:

From Maryland/495 inner loop: stay to the right and use the LOCAL lanes to go west across the Wilson Bridge to exit 177AB; take the A hairpin exit on the right, then go up to the traffic light and turn right (south) on South Washington Street.  Go straight and S Washington Street becomes the parkway, then six miles to Vernon View Drive as above.

From Virginia 495 outer loop: Use the LOCAL lanes and stay to the right. take exit 177C to Route 1 south; the Fort Hunt Road exit is on right, then crosses left over Route 1.  Stay on Fort Hunt Road about six miles.  At about five miles you will see Carl Sandburg Junior High on the right.  In another mile, Fort Hunt Road will turn left 90’ but you will stay straight on Vernon View Drive.  In 1⁄2 mile, take a left on Battery Road.  Go 100 yards, turn left on Camfield Drive, go up to 8820.


    April 18-19 is the annual Marching Through Time event at Marietta Mansion, a timeline of 30 reenactment groups from different eras.  It is open to the public from 11 AM to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday, though participants should try to be there at least an hour before opening.  Generally, parking is off-site with shuttle vans, and all cars must be out of the encampment area by about 9:30 AM on Saturday.  No cars are allowed back in until after 5 on Sunday.  This year there will be no Saturday night barbecue, but there is a registration fee of $15 per camp (Legion funds will pay that).  

    Remember that if you do not have all the clothing and gear you need, you will probably be able to borrow it if you let us know ahead of time.  This is also a good event for impressions that are earlier or later than our usual mid-first century AD portrayal.  Please mark your calendars, and let the Commander know what your plans are!

    Admission for the general public is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 5 & older, and free for ages 4 and under.

    Marietta Mansion is located at 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale, MD 20769.  Directions: Take the Capital Beltway I-95/495 to Exit 20A (Route 450/Annapolis Rd.); take Rt. 450 East about 4 miles and turn left on Route 193 West; follow signs to free parking and shuttle.  For more information call 301-464-5291, or visit


My name is Jim Stephens and I am the Deputy Director of the Historic Cold Spring Village living history museum.  We are a 501c3 non-profit organization located three miles north of the center of the city of Cape May.  HCSV recreates life in a rural South Jersey community of the early 19th century.  We have a collection of 26 locally significant historic buildings (the oldest was built in 1691) on 22 wooded acres of land. If you would like to learn more about us, you may visit our website at
On the weekend of June 20th and 21st, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Military Timeline Weekend.  For last year's event, we had reenactors and displays representing the English Civil War, American Civil War, Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War.  We hope to make the '09 event even bigger.  We would be pleased if Legio XX would be able to participate.  I've visited your website and was impressed with your impression.  I have attached a copy of the registration form.  If you and your unit are interested in participating, just complete the form and return it to me at your earliest convenience.  No registration fee is necessary.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Kindest regards,
Jim Stephens, MA
Deputy Director
Military Timeline Weekend Coordinator
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Route 9
Cape May, NJ 08204

[Quintus notes:  Any interest in this?  It's a little farther than we usually go, but there has been noise about having an event in June.  This year we did the Potomac Celtic Festival in June, but I think a timeline event is more our thing.]


    Yes, the Legio XX website was down for a couple weeks, but it is back!  Just some technical trouble, and repairs delayed by holidays, etc., as I understand.  No biggy.  I've even done a couple minor updates, woo hoo! 

    The Roman Army Talk board has also been down a few days recently, and had to be upgraded to a new system.  Please update your bookmarks with the new URL,  


TERMINALIA--Legio X, Florida

Avete Omnes- I would like to announce Legio X s first hosted event.  We would like for ALL of our Roman Brothers and Sisters to join us.  We plan for this to be a success and will be working on making it an annual event.  It promises that a good time will be had by one and all!

In acknowledgement of being at the Terminus of the Empire we are naming the event after the Festival of Jupiter Terminalis.  The original date of Terminalia being Feb. 23 our event will be held Feb. 7 & 8, with set up on the 6th.

Location :

Quiet Waters Park
401 S Powerline Road
Deerfield, FL 33442

We have joined our event with the Florida Renassaince Festival--I say we show the Renassaince People that when it comes to festivals there's no Festival like a Roman Festival!

Think of first week of Feburary.... think of the cold......cant wait
2 more months....

How does Beaches and sunny balmy weather sound?

Come to the Terminus of the Empire for a great event and an wonderful

So what can be expected at TERMINALIA?  So far - Set up on Friday, camping at Period Camp located right off a large lake, cook fires permitted, for those wishing a more comfortable Domus there are Hotels, Beaches near by so after set up on Friday hit the Beach!  Saturday night feast.  More in the works.

For more details, contact Johnn, fjfgkradfahrer AT bellsouth DOT net, or Paul,  paul AT academyofartsinc DOT com .  Please put "Terminalia" in the subject line.


-- REENACTOR FEST 5: February 5-8, 2009 at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling IL. 



The Explorations in Antiquity Museum in LaGrange, Georgia, USA, will be hosting a Roman re-enactor event in their great facility from 29-31 May 2009.  Check out the museum's website here: 

The museum is also featured in the current issue of Biblical Archaeology Review: 

This event is open to any interested Roman re-enactor with a good, accurate impression -- the museum are sticklers for authenticity as you can see from their exhibits.

Plenty of places to stay in the local area -- the museum is very close to Interstate 85 -- and my house is about an hour from the site.  I am more than happy to host as many folks as the house will hold.  Camping is available on-site, with latrine and other facilities.

Hosted jointly by Legio VI FFC and Legio XI CPF, please contact myself at egibbons AT hotmail DOT com, or Rusty Myers for details.



Let me introduce myself:  I am Mauritius Comellus Carliis, member of Vadis Al Maximo the organization that is planning, with the patronage of Roma’s administration, three days of celebrations for the Roman Empire and the return of Ludi Circensis.

The event will be held in Rome in the days 17, 18, 19 October 2009 and will also have in the program:

The return of the quadriga’s races in its natural environment: the Circus Maximus.
The power of the chariot with 4 horses! The Formula One of antiquity.

The first world gathering of the Roman Legions, an invitation to bring back the sound of the legionnaires marching in the Cesar’s Forum after 1,500 years. We invite you all to participate.

Teams of Gladiators will exhibit their fighting techniques, trying to conquer the first world title of Gladiatoris Maximus.

More information can be found on our web site: 

Feel free to contact me anytime for all the questions you may have that I am sure will not be just few.  I renew the invitation to participate in this unique event and I will appreciate if you can take the time to forward this e-mail to all the fellows Romans around the world.

Thank You!

Roma adventum vostrum plauso maximo expectat.

Mauritius Comellus Carliis
mauritius AT vadisalmaximo DOT com


   February 21, 2009-- Lupercalia party!  Richard and Allison Campbell's house
   April 18-19, 2009-- Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion, MD


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,