Vol. XIV, no. ii, February 2004

    The annual Feast of Lupercalia is coming up on Saturday, February 21, hosted by Allison and Richard Campbell.  The address is 8820 Camfield Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22308.  The fun starts at 5 PM and goes until everyone stops having fun (and maybe a little longer!)  Food provided will include chicken marbella, ham, and the Lucanian sausage, plus soft drinks, wine, beer, finger foods, probably some cassaroles, and some other things.  But if you'd like to bring anything, perhaps desserts, finger foods, particular drinks you like, salads, or anything else you want to share.  No one will go hungry!  This party is for adults only (though not necessarily "Rated X"), so please ditch the kids.  Classical dress is encouraged but not required, but hobnails are forbidden!  To RSVP or get directions contact Richard at 703---.

    This year the season opens a little earlier than it has been, with the Boy Scout Camporee at Fort Frederick on March 26-28, 2004.  Since this event is supposed to be a timeline focusing on military medicine, we are starting to add some medical bits to our impression.  Probably nothing too extensive, just some scalpels, probes, and other items.  Roger has taken a side interest in things medical, so we might end up making him our medicus.   Linda may be available to talk herbs.  Deb has been passing along information and pictures from the historical surgeons email list that she is on.
    We can set up on Friday, and the program kicks off at 8:45 AM on Saturday.  There will be about three or four hundred scouts in attendance.  It looks like the park is a little finicky about weapon safety, so please be sure your swords and daggers are not sharp.
    Fort Frederick is in Maryland off I-70, actually about 45 minutes west of the town of Frederick.  Once on I-70 heading west, go past Hagerstown and take the exit 12, Rt. 56, for Big Pool--you'll see a brown sign for the fort.  Turn left at the top of the ramp and go about one mile, and the park entrance is on your right in the trees near the top of the ridge.  The park is a very nice place,  and I've been there a number of times doing 18th century events.  The fort itself is reconstructed in stone, though of course not as nice as anything the Romans would build.  There is a gift shop and even some indoor restrooms, and huge amounts of space.  No idea just where we'll be camping, though I expect the later eras will get dibs on the barracks, if anyone does.  I plan to check with the Shadowy Dr. E about crashing at her place in Myersville rather than camping out.  The nearest hotels are probably in Hagerstown.

    Marching Through Time is on April 17-18 at Marietta Mansion in Glenn Dale, Maryland.  Oops, I have to remember to register for that--hey, not my fault, they sent me an empty envelope!  Otherwise, it's the usual deal, and I hope to see a good turnout.

    Fort Washington is holding their spring Universal Soldier program on May 1-2 this year.  If you have been before, you have probably already received your registration form in the mail.  Big question: Do we want to keep doing this one?  We always have nice weather and plenty of space, but very few public so it is starting to seem like a waste of time and effort.  If the consensus is that we should have as many events as possible to give all our members more opportunities to turn out when their busy lives allow, we can keep participating.  But if you feel that we should concentrate our energies on events that reach more of an audience (which is how I feel, personally), then maybe it's time to send our regrets to Fort Washington.  On the other hand, it might be a perfect event to trot out those off-beat impressions you've got stashed away, like 4th century Roman, or Greek, or Zulu War, etc., though you don't necessarily need the full Legio XX camp and support for that.

    There's a BIG military timeline planned for October 23-24 in Chino, California, Prado Regional Park, about 1.5 hours east of LA and 1.5 hours north of San Diego.  Military Through History Exposition 2004, sponsored by the folks at
    This event will include Rome through Modern Era re-enactors.  I've volunteered to help coordinate pre-Colonial re-enactors.  If you are interested in participating with your club please contact me ASAP. If you know of any other pre-Colonial clubs that might be interested please let them know or let me knwow how to contact them.
    As in the past, if you want to participate with us, Legio IX Hispana, and are travelling from out of California we'll provide camp accomodations and meals.
    This event is cooking up to being the largest multi-period military timeline in US History!

    To all registered re-enactors and staff,
    Our planned Roman Festival and filming event has been pushed forward from March 04 to October 04.  We are rescheduled with the Centennial Park, the two hotels: Holiday Inn Select and Extended Stay America for the weekend of Saturday October 16th and Sunday October 17th around the Parthenon.
    The re-scheduling was due in large part to the success we had in registering the Re-enactors, and potential weather related problems such as rain and snow we could possibly have in March according to the Farmers Almanac and local Nashville residents.
    Please check out our new website for the event at
    Since we were so successful in our requirement efforts and re-enactors continue to enroll for the event, the event had to be replanned adding additional film scenes, which complicated the shooting schedule.
    To bring everyone up to date.  We are adding a battle scene between Legionaries and Praetorians.   Every Legionaire registered who attends the event will be in this scene as well as another.   For the Praetorian outfit we will have you change your tunics, and shields to the ones we will have available to be used for the war scene.   You will otherwise wear your standard Legionaire outfit on top of the tunic, if you are chosen as Praetorian.  Don't volunteer, we will make the selections on location.
    Due to the good publicity of the Nashville Event, we have another large contingent of men joining roman re-enactment from other venues (civil war and world war 2) .    Secondly we will be shooting the Emperor scene at the War Memorial Building, not at the Parthenon as originally planned.    The War Memorial Building is two miles east of the Parthenon in Nashville.  However, the Roman Festival and all the other filming will be done at the Parthenon.
    We are also organizing an arts and crafts festival adjacent to the Roman Festival in order to draw a larger audience.
    All those of you who ordered from Deepeeka through us, please notify us as to your level of satisfaction with the order, prices and service you have received.
    Lastly to all those registered Re-Enactors totaling over 120 to date, please inform all those about this change, especially those you know who do not have a computer or the ability to receive E mail.
    Thank you.    I look forward to seeing everyone in October.

Gary Barbosa
Executive Producer, Champion One Productions

PS If you need to call me, please call between 5 PM and 10 PM eastern standard time, otherwise please keep your correspondences to E mail.  Thank you.

EXCAVATION OPPORTUNITY from Professor Linda Ellis
    I am a professor and archaeologist at San Francisco State University and I supervise excavations at the site of Tropaeum Traiani ("Trajan's Trophy") which includes the massive Roman war memorial and the frontier city founded and settled by the veterans of Trajan's first war against the Dacians (101-102 AD).  This archaeological complex is located in SE Romania between the Danube and the Black Sea.  This message is to inform people who are interested in Roman history of opportunities to volunteer at our archaeological excavations this July (no experience required).  Our web site has more details for how to apply and participate:  [go to section "Excavations" and click under "Roman city"].
    Participation cost ($900) covers all food (3 full, Romanian home-cooked meals every day and wine), good lodging, local train transportation to/from Bucharest to site, airport pickup and return with private van.  Fee is tax deductible (!) for US citizens/residents and helps the local school at Adamclisi provide occupational training.
    Linda Ellis

    The Roman Army Yahoo email list recently had a bad case of trolls and spam, due to the original owner being missing.  Marsh Wise tracked him down and has been given ownership of the list, so if you unsubscribed due to the silliness, it is safe to come back.

    Been a while since I ran this column!  Many of us have been dabbling with projects and getting new toys, though I won't be able to remember everything here.  JJ gave Roger a wolf pelt for Christmas, and he is going to consult a taxidermist about eyes and teeth, etc.  Ron and Dan are working on helmet crests, Richard and I are making shields for various people, Jim has a belt in progress and is learning about Nevr-Dull, several people have new satchels that I made, and Vince is upgrading his lorica.  Mike had three pins installed in his leg to reattach his hip joint ball to his femur after getting clobbered in a kendo class.  (Hey, what can I say about going into action without a big shield?) (He's doing well, all things considered.)
    My new medical gear project started off with a capsa, the bandage box carried by the field medics known as capsarii.  This stumped me for a while because we knew it was a round box but no details about its shape or form.  Then I happened to look in my regular Latin dictionary to see if there were any hints, and it gave the translation for capsarius as a slave who carries his master's book bucket!  Books were on scrolls, of course, and a book's-worth would be carried in a bucket-like container with a lid.  So this implied me that the bandage box was more likely shaped like a largish oatmeal box rather than being flat or a narrower tube.  So I made one out of leather, with a shoulder strap, and it will serve as our first aid kit.  (At Fort Frederick we'll have authentic linen bandages in it, for display.)
    I have also made a scalpel and a pair of tweezers, and plan to knock out a couple more probes, retractors, and spatulas before the event.  Hopefully a trepan, too, the instrument used for drilling holes in skulls.  Check the Photos page of the website for pictures.
    Pages of Your Favorite Website which have been updated in the past month or so include Links, Suppliers, Bibliography, Lorica, Hamata, Squamata, Gladius Hints, Pilum, Armoring Hints, and Things to Avoid.

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    "Stephanie Acuna, tailsandtack AT yahoo DOT com"

   February 21 -- Lupercalia party!  Hosted by the Campbells.
   March 6 --Monthly Workshop at Roger and JJ Moskey's, 10 to 5
   March 26-28 -- Boy Scout Camporee w/ historical encampments, Fort Frederick, MD
   April 3 --Monthly Workshop
   April 17-18 -- Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion, Glenn Dale, MD
   May 1-2 -- Spring Universal Soldier encampment, Fort Washington
   June 12-13 -- ROMAN DAYS--Ack, already?!

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,   Valete!