Vol. XVIII, no. v, May 2008


    Since we have moved Roman Days to September, the Legion will 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!   For directions, see the Festival's website at:

    Details:  They will be offering free cold drinks and snacks to living history participants.  I have sent the names of every possible participant from Legio XX (I think!), so your name should be in a book at the front gate.  When you come through the gate, just say that you are Living History. They will give you the book and you find your unit and name, sign in and get your "hospitality band".
    If friends and family wish to get in free, they can be volunteers.  If they work a four hour shift, they will have the remainder of the festival off.  Volunteers get a t-shirt, and hospitality drinks and snacks.  Let me know if you have anyone who would like to be a volunteer.
    Set up will be from 12 noon Friday, June 13th, to 9 AM Saturday morning.  All vehicles must be off site by 9:30 AM Saturday.  The festival closes at 7 PM, however figure that you will not be able to get your vehicles back on site until about 7:30 PM.  For insurance purposes, all visitors must be off the site before we can bring cars on.  If you need to leave early, you are welcome to carry your gear out.  You may also break down Sunday if you wish (though the plan at the moment is to set up the tent on Saturday morning and take it down at closing).  If anyone is staying over Friday or Saturday night(s), please let me know, so I can let the site security know.
     The festival coordinator is Jennifer Hughes, 703-799-1141, monsangel1914 AT verizon DOT net.


    Two weeks after the Potomac Celtic Festival, Legio XX will be part of the Washington DC Festa Italiana, at Holy Rosary Church, 3rd and F St, NW. 

    The date is SUNDAY, June 29, and the hours are 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  We will do some marching demos whenever there is a convenient break in the other entertainment.  Apparently there is no place to set up the tent and usual camp area, so we'll basically just be there in "battle order".  Bring your satchel and carry it slung if you need to.  Probably we'll have a small base area to hang out, though we might be asked to do "guard duty" in front of the church, etc.   We are still working out details of parking (since streets will be closed off and weapons are not permitted on Metro!), food, and water.
    If you want to portray an earlier or later era than our usual 43 AD, feel free.  Helmet crests are also good, if you have one.  And sunscreen!!
    Please let me know if you plan to attend!  Members of other legions are more than welcome, as well.  


    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, 

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


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--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


Attention, all legions! You are summoned to Charlotte, a city in North Carolina on September 5-7, 2008, where you will partake in maneuvers and drills and displays of offensive and defensive weapons.

Discovery Place is pleased to invite Roman civilian, legion and gladiator reconstruction groups from throughout the southeast and the United States to participate in a living history tableau of a Roman military encampment.

Discovery Place is also honored to host the Legions, Gladiators, and their guests at a private evening, Saturday, to include complementary admission to the international exhibition, A Day in Pompeii, with guided tour; all science galleries filled with fun hands-on science exhibits;

Check out for more information on the exhibition.

Castra Romana combined with the exhibition A Day In Pompeii provides an exceptional opportunity to educate the public on what daily life was like in a provincial first century A.D. Roman town and for the Roman armies that built the great Roman Empire.

Encampment set-up begins Thursday September 4, 2008
Encampment location: The Fourth Ward Park, two blocks from the Science Center
Public hours: The encampment will be open 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 9 AM to 2 PM Sunday
School group tours: Friday 11 AM to 1 PM for legion groups that are already encamped.

We are exploring discounted or affordable motel accommodations.  More details to be provided as soon as available. If you intend to stay in a motel, contact Rusty Myers, justuslonginus AT aol DOT com

Vendors of Roman Period Wares are also invited to attend

For more information about participating in the event, please contact Rusty Myers of Legio VI, Re-enacting coordinator, at
justuslonginus AT aol DOT com or 843-437-5587 

The Discovery Place Museum
301 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

   June 7-- Monthly Workshop at Henry Irving's house, Towson, MD
   June 14-- Legio XX at the Potomac Celtic Festival, Leesburg, VA
   June 29 (SUNDAY)-- Festa Italiana, Washington DC
   September 26-28-- Roman Days!


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, .