Vol. XX, no. vi, June 2010


    I can't say "Thank You" enough to everyone who made Roman Days a success this year!   Riversdale Mansion is a great site, with an enthusiastic staff and plenty of space.  Next year will be even better and bigger.  Thanks to Deb Fuller for running the show, the cooks for their excessive effort in feeding us, and to everyone who crossed so many miles just to be there.  Amazing.  Oh, there are pictures! 

    As you can see, we had a sizeable contingent of Late Roman/Byzantine troops for the first time, and Yours Truly turned out as Romulus himself.  So our timeline ran from the founding of Rome in 753 BC to its final fall in 1453 AD!   Even with a traditional thunderstorm cutting things short on Sunday, we had a good 350 visitors for the weekend.  Great job, everyone!

    Also Thanks to the Campbells for hosting Lupercalia/Mercuralia.  Great bash, as always!


The Legion has been invited by George Metz of Legio XXIV to appear at the world debut of  "Ancient Rome & America", an exhibit of the lost treasures of a Republic turned Empire and its Cultural, Political, and Social Connections to America.  The Exhibit will run from Feb-19 to Aug-1, on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center,  525 Arch Street, Philadelphia 19106, just one block from the Liberty Bell (yes, it is still cracked) and two blocks from Independence Hall.  Details on the exhibit are at 

The event will run from 11 AM to 4 PM on July 2, 3, and 4, and will be an on-going "Meet and Greet", with a field drill demonstration or two during the day.  Legion III has also been invited to participate.  The Center is hoping to have 20 or so legionaries on site.  Some remuneration may be available and parking will be "comped" by the Center all three days.  You should arrive by 10 AM to kit up and be ready by 11:00.

Drive in from Race Street, between 5th and 6th, down ramp and park underground to the right at bottom of ramp.  Parking will be compensated.  Tell the guard you are to do a Roman demonstration for Francesca Reynolds, 215-409-4467.

Water will be provided, and food will be available at your expense at the Center.  So you should come already well-fed and/or bring some snacks.  It is probably safe to assume that this is not a camping event!  I am also assuming that anything we set up would have to be completely taken down and removed at closing each day.   I will get more details and pass them along.

Who is interested?   We only have two weeks to get this planned, so please let me know.


    Our thanks to Legio IX Hispana for turning out with us at the Potomac Celtic Festival.  Particularly since there weren't any Legio XX folks there on Sunday!  Ron Phelps  (Leg. IX) had a great time as a Caledonian warrior, and in spite of the HEAT and (oh so surprising) thunderstorm is very enthusiastic about the event.  Said heat, weather, and minor car troubles left me with a slightly different feeling, but I expect we'll be back next year.

    The Legion has an invitation to the Virginia Scottish Games, September 4-5 at Great Meadows, The Plains, Virginia.  We had a pretty good time at that event, last year.  This will probably take the place of the little "Fall Encampment" we used to do, but stay tuned for other possibilities.

    Alec Cunningham has information on a number of other Celtic/Scottish festivals, so contact him if you are up for any of these:

Williamsburg Highland Festival, October 2
Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival, October 23-24


Got a basement full of kit you're not using?  Need a few extra bucks for that new musket, uniform, suit of Armor?  Looking for a new uniform, or suit of Armor?

Come to the Reenactors' Yard Sale (Multi-period)

June 19, 2010 (Rain date June 20, 2010), 10 AM - 4 PM

The Yard Sale will be at:
9611 Baltimore National Pike
Myersville, MD 21773

$10 Vendor Registration Fee (non-refundable)
Fees due by May 8; all proceeds will benefit a local historic site (TBD)

Mail checks to: Mea Clift
9502 Harmony Road
Myersville MD 21773

or feel free to send via paypal to domi143 AT yahoo DOT com--please put "Reenactors' Yard Sale" in the payment notes

Please also RSVP to: meapet AT gmail DOT com so we know that 1- your Money is coming and 2- we have a space for you!

Site per vendor: 8' x 8'
Bring your own blanket (the place we're having it on is a bit of a hill, so we're asking more for blankets than tables.)

[Quintus notes: Not a Legio XX event, but should be worth seeing, especially for us multi-era types!]


Roman and Barbarian friends,
You are all cordially invited to our next event!
Roper Mountain
Leg VI Host
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29615, 864-355-8900 for updates and info as it comes available!

Leg VI is proud to announce that we have been selected for a "2nd Saturday" Event at the Roper mountain Science Center in Greenville, SC!  The event will be a "mini-castra" with 800 to 1200 students and parents coming out to see the glory that was Rome.  All Roman Re-enactors are invited to attend.  We would like civilian, barbarian, and Gladiator impressions too, as we have space for the Arena, Camp display, Drill area, Artillery display, engineering display, SOTW, and some supporting events hosted by students and Roper Mountain staff.
This is a Max Effort event for Leg VI and Leg XI.
Tentative Schedule:  Arrive Friday afternoon for setup, event begins Saturday 10 am, concludes at 4 PM.  Teardown that night or Sunday morning.  Short, sweet, and to the point.  Saturday evening we will have a jollification somewhere!  Command Hotel TBA.
If you have a display to set up, let us know in advance so we can plan it into the event.

Rusty Myers, JustusLonginus AT aol DOT com

   July 2-4 --Ancient Rome and America, Philadelphia
   September 4-5 --Virginia Scottish Games
   September 11 --Hartwood Days Fair, 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,