Vol. XII, no. v, May 2002

       The fifth annual Roman Days will be on June 8-9, 2002.  The event is open to the public c. 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday, admission $2 per person.  No fee for participants or merchants.  I've been WAY behind in planning, organizing, and advertising, but most of you know the drill by now and the show must go on!  Please spread the word at home, school, work, and everywhere else.
If you have any interest in ancient history, please come!  Be a participant or just come and talk to everyone about our mutual passion.  You do NOT need to have period clothing to participate!  There is more information on the Roman Days page of the Twentieth Legion Website,
       If you want to bring your group or set up a merchant booth or some sort of display, please contact me right away so we can work out the space.  Arrive and set up on Friday, or Saturday morning.  You may camp at the site Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.  I  believe Merlinia and Fiona plan to do the Saturday evening feast as usual, so contact me (or them) for details on that and any food plan.
       Plenty of space for displays, parking, period or modern camping, etc.  Water, portajohns, straw, firewood.  There will be a number of canopies/pop-up flies for shade or rain protection, mostly for the merchants and table displays.  There are several hotels within a few miles, mainly on Rt. 450 near the Beltway.   Participants should supply their own food (or check with Merlinia about her food plan), although there will be a modern food vendor present.  There are stores, restaurants, and fast food places within a couple miles, farther west/north along Rt. 193, or near the Beltway.

       Besides the usual military camps and Asellina's Caupona, there will be static displays with domestic items, models, etc., a couple merchants and craftspersons, Bean the Barbarian, the Fashion Show, and more.  If you have any ideas or activities to add, please sing out!   Legio XX members, tell me your plans, and if you need to borrow any gear.

       Marietta Mansion is located at 5626 Bell Station Road, just off Rt. 193.  From I-95/495, the Capital Beltway, take Exit 20 onto Rt. 450 East, go 4 miles, turn left on Rt. 193, then left onto Bell Station Rd. and immediately left into Marietta.  (Rt. 450 makes a left turn where it meets Rt. 704, but it's well marked and should cause no problems.)

       Richard Campbell adds that June 9 is the Roman festival of Vestalia:  " The married women of Rome took gifts to Vesta's temple. It was also a holiday for bakers as the Vestal Virgins produced special loaves from a salted flour. "

 11 AM, Full muster and opening remarks
 11:30, Kids' Cohort
 12 Noon, Lunch--cooking and eating demos
 1 PM, Massed tactical and drill demo
 1:30, Kids' Cohort
 2 PM, Gladiator Show
 2:30 PM, Fashion Show
 3 PM, Evolution of the Roman Soldier
 4 PM, Close to the public

 11 AM, Olympic competition--Armor Race, Pilum Throw, Hamata Toss, Wrestling, various ball games, etc.
 11:30, Drill and Kids' Cohort
  12 Noon, Lunch and rehabilitation
 1 PM, Massed tactical and drill demo
 1:30, Kids' Cohort
 2 PM, Gladiator Show
 2:30 PM, Fashion Show
 3 PM, Closing parade
 4 PM, Close to the public

       See you all there!

       In order to brush up on our drill, we will do a little marching around at the next Monthly Fabrica on June 1.  Please show up if you can, and bring at least your shields and swords.  Same place, Roger and JJ's (directions below), and same time, 10 AM to 5 PM.

       Roger Moskey is selling his Pompeii gladius made by Joe Piela of Lonely Mountain Forge.  It has engraved and pierced decoration on the scabbard plate, and the guard is carved like the Vindonissa hilt.  Price is $250, contact Roger.

       Dr. MC Bishop has a new book on lorica segmentata on the way, the first part of a two-volume set.  Pre-order to save a few quid!  Details are available on the Armatura website:

       From Andy Buse, a paper Roman helmet model,
       Tweaks, adjustments, and additions have been made to various parts of the Legio XX site: Roman Days Information, Links, Suppliers, Photos (including larger versions of a few old ones) Belts, Lorica Segmentata, Newstead Lorica, Hamata, and Scutum.

       Dan Rodent of Largo, Florida is looking to borrow some gear and possibly someone to wear it on Sunday, May 26.  The pastor of his church is going to be teaching on the passage from Ephesians 6, in which the Apostle Paul talks about the "Armor of God."  If you are in that general area and would like to help, please contact him.

       Barony of Settmour Swamp Quest, New Jersey, May 25-26.  (This is the group that sends us a couple wonderful cooks for Roman Days.)  Legion XX is invited to attend.  For details, see, or contact Merlinia.
       Memorial Day celebration in Athens, Georgia, on Monday, May 27.  For more information contact Karl Enter, Memorial Park Program Specialist, at 706---.  Legio XI Claudia is the host unit--their CO is Paul Montello-.
       From Sean Richards, Legio IX Hispana:  There will be filming for a PBS show, "Romans vs Romans",  June 8-9 at Anza Borrego State Park in southern California.   There is some money involved, though it is not much,  paid to the clubs represented.   For more information, contact Sean.
       On Friday June 14, 2002 there will be a timeline encampment for the 227th Army Birthday and Army in Atlanta Museum opening, Fort McPherson, Georgia.  The contact is Fred Schaller of Legio I Italica.
       Nova Roma is planning a Roman Market Day on the weekend of September 7th and 8th at Sacred Oaks in Wells, Maine.  For more information, contact Cassius (William Bradford).

   June 1 -- Monthly Workshop/Muster at Roger Moskey's, 10 to 5
   June 8-9 --ROMAN DAYS, Marietta Mansion
   July 6 -- Monthly Workshop/Muster
   August 3 -- Monthly Workshop/Muster
   September 7 -- Monthly Workshop/Muster
   October 26, 2002 -- Demo at Univ. of PA Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia

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!