Vol. XVIII, no. iii, March 2008


    Marching Through Time is April 19-20, with set-up on Friday the 18th along with school groups probably visiting.  Once again your Beloved Commander is deserting you for the Bronze Age, so you'll have to put up with Richard coordinating.  IF that's okay with everyone!    Please let him know your plans, richsc AT usa DOT net.

    For those who have not been to this event, it is a multi-period encampment with about 30 different groups spanning four thousand years of history.  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.  There is an optional barbecue on Saturday evening for a few bucks per person, and money will be needed in advance.

    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.

, by Richard Campbell

    The Amy High scholarship day is Saturday, May 10, and the event leader, Susan Schultze, has asked for Romans to participate.  Asellina will be there with the caupona, and I will.  Several of you will remember last year as being somewhat unplanned from an organizer's standpoint, but Susan has replaced the fellow who was doing that, and she is a dynamo and a meticulous planner.  As organizer, she thinks the Roman contingent for this Latin scholarship is key, and she's also inviting Latin high school classes to participate.  More details to follow.  The event is a 501c3, meaning anything you do to participate is tax deductible, including $0.47/mile gas.  Susan would dearly love to have some Roman artillery there, but I don't have one in my back pocket, so suggestions welcome.  Let me know what you think about this.  She'd like to have Celts and Roman civilians in addition to military.


    Since we have moved Roman Days to September, I have accepted an invitation to the Legion to participate at the Potomac Celtic Festival on June 14 (one day only, this year at least).  The location is Morven Park in Leesburg Virginia, and the public hours are 10 AM to 7 PM.   A number of other Scottish and Irish reenactment groups have been invited, from various eras.  Since this is a well-established event with good attendance by the public, it means good exposure for us with minimal effort.  Looks like there's a lot going on!   See the Festival's website at: 

FILMING, from David Smith

Friends, Romans, "barbarians, " et al:


I have been in contact with a film maker who is interested in shooting a docudrama in Gettysburg-- probably the weekend AFTER Roman Days.

This film maker is interested in "fit" and "accurate" Romans and "barbarians," including some civilians.

Details about pay/legal have not been worked out, but the film maker has asked me to coordinate personnel, equipment, etc.  When I get more information, I'll start contacting unit leaders for individual talent shots and resumes. The director wants me to stress two things:
1) Reenactors must be fit enough to look like active legionaries;
2) Reenactors must be willing to get their equipment wet and/or dirty.

The reason this project seems especially cool is that the director is willing to shoot narration/dialogue in Latin with English subtitles, and is interested in doing some battle sequences with "barbarians. "  Also, there would be camp scenes demonstrating aspects of daily camp life.  I have already suggested that this film maker visit Roman Days, Lafe, Pompeii II, etc. to get an idea of what we Romans can do.  Let's show the shiny boys of Ermine Street Guard that we Yanks have come of age!

Since there are already Revolutionary War and American Civil War docudramas out there, why not for Rome?

Please let me know if anyone is interested. This project will involve a screening of individuals, working with the casting director, so if you have a 'talent shot,' that would be great.

dsmith7070 AT comcast DOT net


    The next Roman Days will be on the weekend of September 26-28, 2008 (not June!), probably in Northern Virginia.  Richard and Deb have been working in concert with the Fairfax County Latin Teachers Association, whose members are very enthusiastic about helping out with a site, funding, and more.   The discussion is on the Roman Days list,


--RESORT DISPLAY IN FLORIDA, from Johnn Costello
Monday, March 24, 2008 approximately 6 PM to Midnight
Those showing will be well PAID for their time!  Basically it is display event at a club in Orlando, Florida. The club will be closed except for invitation only--there will be 1000 guests.  There will be a gladiator display and a military display. There will be legionaries stationed at certain areas throughout the resort.  You will be able to roam around as well.  People attending will be paid (amount undetermined at this point--still under negotiation but should be pretty good).  We should have access to food/drink (non-alcoholic).  There may be a pilum chucking area (uncertain at this point).  Gladiators will be fighting.  Date is Monday 24 March (the day after Easter) from 6 pm till midnight the latest.  There will be a scaled-down Roman arch that people will proceed through and there will be 2 legionaries there as well.  Anyone interested should contact me at my personal email so I can keep track of those interested
( fjfgkradfahrer AT bellsouth DOT net ), and please put " Roman Event" in the subject bar. Thanks - Octavianus

LUDI CEREALES: The Roman Festival of the Goddesses Ceres
A celebration of Ancient Mediterranean cultures at Beloit College, Wisconsin
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College

Join us for a memorable Festival of Ancient Cultures as we celebrate the conservation of the Fisher Collection of Greek and Roman casts at the college.  Festivities will include activities for children and adults about ancient art, architecture, women, armies, literature, history, theatre, religion and much more.  Activities throughout the day.  The Roman 14th Legion will be camped on the Museum grounds and available to students, faculty, and friends.

--7 p.m. Inside the Wright Museum will be a Toga Party--dress as a god, or a Greek or Roman, Egyptian, even barbarians are welcome.
--9 p.m. Showing of the classic movie Ben Hur.

Public is welcome and invited--donations are appreciated and encouraged.

Contact Wright Museum of Art for further details at museum AT beloit DOT edu or call 920-247-1407.  The museum is located at 700 College Street, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511

Tony Rajer, Art Conservator/Professor

BATTLE FILMING from Robert Wear, Legio V Alaudae

Dear Legion Commanders,

    I’ve started working out the logistics for a massive battle film at my farm in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  I’m tentatively looking at the first weekend in June 2008 as possible dates. Roman Days used to be during that time, but is now becoming a fall event.
    This is still in the super early planning stages but everyone in the group is more excited about it than any other event idea we’ve done, so we’re going to do it.  It’s just a matter of dates now.  If we were to plan for JUNE 6-8, would we be causing problems with any other roman events in the works that you know of?
    Right now, the plan is to stay almost completely devoid of plot – just take an entire day (or two if possible) and make a friggin awesome battle scene (around 10 minutes).  Then in the following months later when we don’t need a cast of 80, we’ll worry about filling in the lead ups to the battle.  We’ve actually made lots of these in the past so I’m supremely confident I can get a great battle scene, especially now that I have actual training in production, access to good technology, and people who know how to use it.
    Our first one back in 2002 in high school we had 23 people at the high point of the film day.  Now we have more gear, know more folks, and I still have contact info on the 50 people who came to the last 4 we had and want to come again.  I think if we could get some reenactors from other groups down here, 80 or more is a perfectly possible number of extras (and would be great fun to be fighting in the midst of).
    It's also during the summer break in a tourist town.  So it would be easy to bring the whole family down.  If they don’t like roman stuff, they can go to Dollywoods or the National Park etc.

Robert Wear
rwear AT utk DOT edu

September 5-7, 2008
The Discovery Place Museum
301 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Re-Enactor Contact: Rusty Myers
Phone: 843-437-5587
Email: JustusLonginus AT aol DOT com

   April 5-- Probably the Monthly Workshop
   April 19-20-- Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion, Glenn Dale, MD
   May 10-- Amy High Scholarship event, bigger than last year.
   June 14-- Legio XX at the Potomac Celtic Festival, Leesburg, VA


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, .