Vol. XVI, no. xii, December 2006


    Most of you have already heard that I have a new email address, matthew_amt AT yahoo DOT com.  Please remove the address from your links and address books.  Switching over has been less than fun, and I am getting a lot of "bounced" emails.  So if you aren't reading this (har har) or are seeing it on the website and wonder why it didn't come to your email inbox, it's because your machine no longer wants to talk to my machine.  My apologies, but there doesn't seem to be much else I can do.  Make sure you have my new address in your address book, or otherwise make it "acceptable" to your spam filters and such.  Adlocvtio is by definition a mass mailing from a Yahoo account, so many systems will consider it junk mail.  (Even the really good issues!  Harrumph...)   If there is no way to make your system accept mail from me, the only alternative is to read the newsletter at the website when I get around to putting it there.  Sorry about that!


    April 14-15, 2007 is the next MTT at Marietta Mansion.  This year there's a twist: Your Beloved Commander is deserting!  Yes, I'll be leading a Bronze Age contingent, leaving you poor rusting Romans to fend for yourselves.  You'll survive.  Anyways, I'll be in the next camp if there's a disaster of some sort.   Oh, and I'm taking Dan Z. with me.   The remaining legionaries can elect an ad hoc leader, or I'll stick Aulus with the job.  As a side benefit, the Bronze Age camp will probably also be absorbing the former Iron Age Celts, so you won't be pestered by them (as much!).   Susan Wolfe is sending me the Legion's application form, and I'm happy to take care of that as usual, plus I can still haul the tent and other camp gear if necessary.   Everything else should be pretty much the same as always.  More details to follow.

    As a shameless plug, more information about the Bronze Age camp at MTT, and the Bronze Age in general, can be found at these URLs:


    Mike Cope has decided to sell off a few pieces of gear, since he has two or three of most things.  Contact him for details and haggling.  All items are well-maintained and in great condition, and "Legio XX Approved".

--Corbridge type A lorica segmentata made by Joe Piela of Lonely Mountain Forge, $500.
--Museum Replicas Pompeii gladius, $350.  Mike replaced the whole hilt and added openwork decoration to the scabbard.  Second from right in this photo:
--Mainz/Fulham type gladius, prototype blade from Albion Armorers, hilt and scabbard by Mike, $250.


From Rusty Myers, Legio VI Ferrata:
Pompeii Dies Pro Vesuvius:  Pompeii, the Day Before Vesuvius
February 2-4, Mobile, Alabama

    We have been contacted by the Exploreum Museum ( regarding hosting an event February 2-4, 2007, in conjunction with the US Premier of the Pompeii Exhibit opening at the Museum in Mobile, Alabama.
    Essentially this would be a Friday, Saturday, Sunday event, so we would look to a Late Thursday/early Friday arrival time.  The museum is looking at assisting re-enactors with reimbursement for travel, very low hotel rates for those who need to hotel ($55-$75 at a brand new Renaissance Marriot which is re-opening in conjunction with the Pompeii Exhibit).  A feast Saturday evening, and most importantly:
    Free admission to actually see the Pompeii Exhibit (perhaps with a private guide). This exhibit will be touring the US in 2007 and I believe will only be at about 4 locations nationwide, so that is a unique opportunity!  The event would be hosted at the USS Alabama State Park ( which also has a number of attractions many of us would find interesting.  We will be able to stay onsite, camp, and cook. Think of it as Nashville, with a Battleship, and events for the re-enactors, plus a chance to see the Pompeii Exhibit.
    Basically I need to know how many folks are interested!  Pretty much any Roman impression will be welcome, as we will be taking the Castra Romana Marketplace and plan to have a large soldiers camp, a market, and other Roman related events.  Soldiers? Civilians?  Senators?  Vendors?  I do not need a commitment now, just rough numbers for planning.  Please shoot me an email at justuslonginus AT aol DOT com with numbers or ideas.

    Tim Gallagher is investigating the possibility of renting a bus for the trip to Mobile. It will cost about $100 per person round trip. The bus will leave from Frederick, Maryland EARLY on Friday, Feb. 2, and will return on Sunday the 4th.
    Presumably Tim needs a certain number of people to commit to this for the deal to go through. If you are interested in getting in on this, contact him directly:  spqr753 AT msn DOT com, or call 301-831-3994.
    This is just transport, mind you, though you should be able to pack along all your weapons and gear without trouble. Tim says that hotels in Mobile run as cheap as $40 per night, but they are filling up fast.  Note that folks from farther afield would have to travel to Frederick to catch the bus.


    If you get an email for a new site called "", it may be best to delete it.  Apparently only registered members can get access to the site, and at some point it begins to ask for bank information!  Cute…


   January 6, 2007 --Legio XX Workshop at Roger and JJ Moskey's house, 10 to 5
   February 3 --Legio XX Workshop, ditto
   February 24 --Lupercalia Party at Richard and Allison Campbell's house
   April 14-15 --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,