Vol. XIV, no. v, May 2004

       Yes, it's that time again! The sixth annual Roman Days will be on June 12-13, 2004.  It is hosted by the Twentieth Legion and will be held at Marietta Mansion in Glenn Dale, Maryland, 4 miles east of I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway) near the junction of Routes 450 and 193.  Representatives from the Gallic provinces will also be invited, plus any Greeks, Sumerians, Ice Men, or other ancient types that turn up, but naturally the emphasis will be on Rome.  Not just military reenactors, but civilians, teachers, wargamers--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 will be static displays with domestic items, models, childrens' activities, a couple merchants and craftspersons, Bean the Barbarian, and more.

       Come one, come all!  Let me know how you'd like to participate, or if you wouldn't mind just manning a table for a while.  Or just show up and hang out!

       Group leaders: Are any of your members planning to attend?  Need tent space?

       There is more information on the Roman Days page of the Twentieth Legion Website,

--Arrive and set up on Friday, or Saturday morning.  You may camp at the site Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.
--Open to the public 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday and Sunday, admission $4 for adults, $2 for Students.  No fee for participants or merchants.

 Arrival and set-up, general hobnobbing

   11 AM, Full muster and opening remarks
   11:30, Kids' Cohort
   12 Noon, Gladiatorial Show
   1 PM Massed tactical and drill demo
   1:30 PM, Kids' Cohort
   2 PM, Missile and Artillery Demonstration
   3 PM Evolution of the Roman Soldier
   4 PM Close to the Public

SUNDAY, June 13
   11 AM Olympic competition--Armor Race, Pilum Throw, Hamata Toss, etc.
   11:30 Drill and Kids'  Cohort
   12 Noon, Gladiatorial Show
   1 PM Massed tactical and drill demonstration
   1:30 PM, Kids' Cohort
   2 PM, Missile and Artillery Demonstration
   3 PM, Closing parade
   4 PM, Close to the public

       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 a number of hotels within a few miles, mainly on Rt. 450 near the Beltway.

       Merlinia's "Keltic Kitchen" (okay, I made up that name!) will again be offering a food plan to participants, $20 for 2 breakfasts and Saturday night feast.  Please make your reservations and send her payment as soon as possible,

Joanne Shaver

       Lunches will be available at Asellina's Caupona for about $5, and there will also be a modern food vendor.  There are stores, restaurants, and fast food places within a couple miles, farther west/north along Rt. 193, or near the Beltway.

       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 the next 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.)

       And of course, the Saturday before Roman Days is our regular monthly workshop at Roger and JJ's house.  June 5, 10 to 5, bring whatever you need to work on or let someone else know what items or materials you need.

       Paul Montello of Legio XI Claudia in Atlanta, Georgia, announces a military timeline encampment on Memorial Day weekend.  It will be held in Memorial Park in Athens, GA, May 30-31 (Sunday 1pm to 5pm and Monday 9am to 5pm).   Camping will be allowed on site and food will be provided to re-enactors Sunday evening and Monday for lunch.  For registration forms and more details, contact Paul.  Tim Rich graciously offers bed and floor space for anyone travelling to this event.

       A new Roman unit has just announced itself, Legio XIII in Edgerton, Missouri.  Welcome to the Empire!

       From Mark Walker:  "Set in AD359, Amida: A Novel is the story of the siege of the city of Amida in Roman Mesopotamia by the Sassanid Persian King Shapur II. Based on the eyewitness account of Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus, and chock-full of authentic historical detail, the novel contains vivid descriptions of all aspects of siege warfare of the period. It's a gripping epic narrative that should be of interest to anyone who enjoys Roman military history."  If you want to know more, he can be contacted at --.  You can buy the e-book now from the publisher,  The paperback edition is also now available, ISBN 0-9547473-0-5.

       Need pilum shafts or other sticks and poles?  Try Peavey Manufacturing Co., Eddington, Maine. .  "Dowels and Squares are available in different sizes of hardwood.  Doweling capabilities from 6" to 16' long and 3/4" to 2 1/2" diameter.  We can supply all your dowel needs, to meet your specifications."

       From Richard Campbell: At the Natural History Museum--IN STABIANO. Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite, April 27 - October 24, 2004 - In Stabiano  is a selection from among the most significant Stabian archaeological finds from the Roman residential villas of the Vesuvian region.

       The Barony of Settmour Swamp has started a Yahoo group for those interested in building and manning siege weapons, particularly for use at SCA events:

       A couple people have passed this along, a German site called "Digitale Archaeologie".   Poke through the "Aktuelle Beispiele" links on the left side to find digital reconstructions of Roman buildings, a tour down the street of a fort, and other neat stuff.

       Finally got my technical problems straightened out and am back to updating the Legion website.  Check out the (rather frightening) sample of mail by Erik D. Schmid on the Hamata page, plus the usual minor updates to Links, Suppliers, and a couple other pages.

   June 5 --Monthly Workshop at the Moskeys' house
   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!