Vol. XIX, no. vi, June 2009


    I know, you've all been waiting *patiently* for the word, but I very much regret to say that there will not be a Roman Days in 2009.   We've had one site after another shot out from under us, to our enormous frustration.  Yes, we are hard at work on Roman Days 2010, and do have a couple promising possibilities.  They are being pursued.  

    There is also a proposition to hold an encampment in October for the Fairfax County Latin students.  Probably just a one-day event.  Stay tuned.  In the meantime, we have a number of other gigs lined up to keep us busy!  Read on.


    On SUNDAY July 19 the Legion has been invited to appear at the Laurel Library from 1 to 3 PM.  The program will based on a visit from Barbara Bell, the British author of the Latin series "Minimus".  Each year in London, Barbara holds a "Minimus" day at the British Museum (you can see pictures from it on ) where children are split up in groups and go to 3-5 stations including a museum mini-tour, a Latin lesson, a craft, and a visit with some Roman re-enactors.  The plan is to do something similar on a smaller scale.  The coordinator is Ruth Ann Besse, a Latin teacher and regular visitor at Legio XX events.  

    Note that this event is a whole FOUR BLOCKS from the Commander's house in Laurel, MD!  We can assemble here and carpool up the street, or even march for added dramatic effect.  The show itself will be mainly indoors, so I'm not planning to lug the tent or camp gear.  

    The day before, Saturday July 18, there will be a nearly identical event in Takoma Park, MD, from 12 noon to 3 PM.  The site is the Heffner Community Center, 42 Oswego Avenue, and I'll write up some directions.  We'll be paid in brownies.  

     Again, these are simple and worthy events.  Please respond with your plans.


    Thanks to Julie Brooks of La Wren's Nest, the Legion has been invited to the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival on September 5-6 (Labor Day weekend).  This will be comparable to the Potomac Celtic Festival, with traditional Highland dancing, competitions, vendors, lots of kilts, etc.  The location is just off I-66 a little west of Gainesville, VA.  It looks like other Scottish-oriented living history groups will be there as well.  I'll hunt down details on food, pilum-chucking, etc., and pass that all along.  Should be a simple gig, though, with around 8000 visitors--good exposure!  Here's their website:  


    The Legion has also been asked to appear at Hartwood Days, the 10th Annual Youth and Community Fair near Fredericksburg, VA.  It is organized by a local Boy Scout group, and it's a one-day event on September 12.  That's the weekend after the Scottish Games, yes, but I am hoping that folks who are not able to attend one of the events can focus on the other.  The living history part of this show will be a timeline like Marching Through Time, so the organizers are interested in attracting reenactors from any era to participate.  Vendors and business exhibitors, too!  Spread the word. 


    Yes, the long-delayed annual Lupercalia bash is back on the calendar, for August 22.  It kicks off at 5 PM at the home of Richard and Allison Campbell in Alexandria, VA.   Historically-oriented attire is encouraged but certainly not required.  Details to come.  Don't miss it!  


Please help us spread the word about RUSTICATIO VIRGINIANA.  Even if you cannot attend yourself, and we hope you can, please share this information with people you know who would benefit from this tremendous and fun learning opportunity.
SALVI offers two sessions of RUSTICATIO this summer.  Week one from July 13 - 19 does not exclude beginners but is designed primarily for experienced Latin speakers.  Week two is for beginners only and runs from July 20 - 26.
Established over ten years ago, RUSTICATIO has a proven track record for creating programs that foster growth in living Latin in a congenial and down to earth atmosphere that is both fun and supportive.
The sessions fill up quickly.  So act now to guarantee your place! Complete details are posted on the SALVI web page at http://www.latin. org/ 
Our site is the historic Claymont Estate in scenic Charles Town, WV, just one hour by car from Washington-Dulles International Airport.



This year marks the 2000th anniversary of the Varus ambush in the Teutoberg Wald as many of you know.

This year on September 18-20 the town of New Ulm, Minnesota will be having a three-day festival to honor their German heritage at their Hermann the German memorial.  This will be a huge event complete with visiting foreign dignitaries, fireworks, a parade, a roman encampment, and a recreation of that fateful September day in 9 AD.

Local barbarians and those from nearby tribes are invited to join in the reenactment.  Saturday  afternoon at the Roman campsite,  you can join one of the tribes:  Hermann’s Cherusci Auxiliaries, the Bructeri, Marsi, or form your own tribe.   We’ll supply the face paint  and some Cherusci Auxiliary uniforms.

Visit the camp that afternoon (all barbarians welcome) and later that day on Saturday September 19, a 2000-year-old event in history will be revisited.

The event is being hosted by the town of New Ulm, the State of Minnesota, along with Legio XIIII Martia Victrix, and my group Legio X Equestris Veneria (Rome Chicago).

Interested Romans and barbarians should contact kev.kmw AT gmail DOT com, or jkmake AT gmail DOT com

More information:  



Let me introduce myself:  I am Mauritius Comellus Carliis, member of Vadis Al Maximo the organization that is planning, with the patronage of Roma’s administration, three days of celebrations for the Roman Empire and the return of Ludi Circensis.

We have the pleasure to inform you that another day has been added to the VADIS AL MAXIMO revival of the Roman Empire.  The event that will be held in Rome, Italy, will take place the days 15, 16, 17, 18 October 2009.  The calendar of the event is still not complete but we can anticipate that will have an opening ceremony Thursday October 15 evening, followed by on Friday morning quadriga’s training sessions, races and war displays in the afternoon, gladiators and races again at night.  With finals on Sunday the event will arrive at the closing of the games in the evening.

To complement the First Gladiator Maximus Trophy, we have added the Legionis Romane competition where the participant legions will show marching and battle techniques.  Best show and costumes will gain substantial cash prices.  In order to participate at this event and their benefit packages, the participating legionnaires  and gladiators groups will have to submit us  a short video of their performance for evaluation purposes.  Videos and pictures to be sent to:  [email protected] .  A group of experts in Roman History will analyze them in order to establish the programming.

It is imperative that we receive the material before the end of March 2009.

A Castrum Romanum will be prepared for those legionnaires and families that they do not want to go to hotels.  This accommodation will be considerably less expensive but we do need an early reservation.  The Castrum will have also a Roman Taberna with restaurant service.

We are still working with travel agencies in order to present you discount packages including airfare, hotel and tickets.

More information can be found on our web site:

Thank You!

Mauritius Comellus Carliis
mauritius AT vadisalmaximo DOT com


   July 18-- Minimus show at Heffner Community Center, Takoma Park, MD
   July 19-- Minimus show at Laurel Library, MD
   August 22-- LUPERCALIA party at Richard and Allison's
   September 5-6--VA Scottish Games
   September 12-- Hartwood Days, Fredericksburg, 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,