Vol. XV, no. iv, April 2005

       This weekend, April 16-17, is the start of our campaign season, with Marching Through Time at Marietta Mansion.  If you still need details about it, the site can be reached at 301---, or

       On Sunday, May 1, the Legion will be appearing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, as part of their Spring Fair.  Details are still being hammered out, but the hours are from 10 AM to 4 PM (arrive to set up about 9, of course), and parking passes will be provided.  Recruit Mike Flowers, a student at Hopkins, is to be thanked for organizing this!  He is working to stir up interest with the Classics department, so this could conceivably lead to more opportunities with a very prestigious University.  Stay tuned for more information.

       On Saturday May 7, normally our workshop day, the Legion will be visited by Major Tony Clunn, discoverer of the Kalkriese battle site in Germany and author of the book on the subject: The Quest for the Lost Roman Legions: Discovering the Varus Battlefield.  He is doing a publicity tour of the States, and has graciously agreed to meet with us.  This will be happening at Richard and Allison Campbell's house.  At 2:00 PM, those who wish will gather there for a delayed but otherwise pretty normal workshop session.  Major Clunn will be picked up from the airport around 6 PM, and delivered into our hands for dinner.  After that he will give whatever presentation he has prepared, or we will simply mob him with random questions for a while.  Several local members of the academic or military historical community have been invited to attend, so this promises to be quite an opportunity for making new contacts in different areas of The Community.  Please let Richard and Allison know if you plan to attend.

       Ack, already??  June 3-5 is Roman Days 2005, at Marietta Mansion as always.  Friday the 3rd will include visits from school groups as well as set-up time.  Might even be a mini-symposium on Thursday the 2nd.  New participants, new toys, new activities!  More details in the next issue, or keep watch on the Roman Days section of the Legio XX website,


Salvete Omnes,

       This year the Canadian Museum of Civilization organizes a huge exhibit on Pompeii around when the Volcano erupted.  I have been asked to provide Roman reenactors both military and civilian for the weekend of 6 and 7 of August.  I do know that for many of you, including myself, that is right after the weekend at Fort Malden in Amhurstburg Ontario.  However, it has been worked out that all participants will be compensated.  First, three meals a day will be arrange and not just hot dogs, including minor participants.  Secondly arrangements are being made to accommodate most if not all with a room to sleep in, children participating as reenactors included.  Thirdly, a financial compensation will be provided for all adult participants.  Bring everything you can, as we need as much stuff to show at this two day event.

       The Museum will supply bails of hay for pilum shooting range and encampment.  The Museum wants demos on pila throwing and two manoeuver demos daily.  One at 11:00 AM and one at 2:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday.

       For those who do not really know Ottawa well, the Museum is one of the biggest in Eastern Canada.  It attracts about 10 million visitors per year and this special event is no exception.  Usually they attract thousands of interested people for that weekend alone.

       I call upon all of you to contact me as you may have questions, comments or want to book your place as an individual or as a cohort or even as a legion.  The sooner we know the sooner we can make proper arrangements for all.

Marc Sarault (Marcus Darius Firmitus)


       From Mark Downes, UK:  "I would like to extend an invitation to you and/or any of your group to attend our massive event in Chester (Deva) over the weekend of 25th and 26th June.  I'm afraid we aren't able to offer any remuneration for the event but we can put you up, offer you hospitality and a memorable experience.  I realise that this isn't a case of popping into the next state for the weekend but we'd love to have you over."
       Obviously, this is not an official Legio XX event, either, but if you are at all interested, contact Mark at mark --

CLASSICS CENTRAL, by David Meadows
       I'd like to draw listmembers' attention to a new online forum I've created called Classics Central.  It is designed to fill what I've perceived as a long-standing need for a "central"  bulletin board (in the almost traditional sense of the word) where people of a Classical bent can seek out job listings, conference listings, calls for papers, etc. in the field of Classics (and Latin teaching too!).  There is also an area to discuss things associated with my various newsletters (and website, which will have a pile of associated announcements soon) and -- of particular interest to Latin types -- an area called RFT (requests for translations) where people are invited to post their Latin translation requests (there's one there now!) and hopefully, the Latin-learned community will take advantage of the outreach opportunity.
       I'm encouraging all members to at least pay the site a visit and, in the future (or even near future) feel free to post (and/or send to me) job listings, announcements of local talks etc...  It would be nice if you'd join, but it's not mandatory for posting (or reading) purposes.  I'm hoping in the long run that Classics Central will serve to demonstrate how much is really happening in our field (and, by extension, encourage more people to engage in the study thereof). Just check out the Calendar for April to get an idea:

   April 16-17--Marching Through Time, Marietta Mansion, Glenn Dale, MD
   May 7 --Monthly Workshop and visit by author Tony Clunn, starting 2 PM at Campbells' house
   June 3-5 --Roman Days, Marietta Mansion.  Includes visits by school groups on Friday, and possibly a mini-symposium on Thursday.
    September 10-11 --Fall Encampment, Marietta Mansion


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,