Vol. XVI, no. vii, July 2006



       Legio XX will have its usual Fall Encampment at Marietta Mansion on September  9-10, 2006.  The site will be open to the public from 10 AM to 4 PM both days.   While other Romans and non-Romans are welcome to come out and perform with us, this is our "small and casual" weekend, not a replay of Roman Days.  There is no set schedule of activities--we will do some marching around and pilum-tossing whenever there is an audience to watch.  Anyone who is not a member of Legio XX and would like to participate should contact Susan Wolfe, the site manager at Marietta, 301---, Susan.Wolfe AT pgparks DOT com
       See you there!


       The National Geographic filming for its Teutoberg Forest show has been postponed to an undecided date in the fall.  The tentative location is Cedarville State Forest in Brandywine, MD, about a half-hour south of the DC Beltway.
       Obviously, Romans and Germans are desperately needed!  Maybe some camp followers, too.  Since they are actually planning to pay anyone who participates, this is NOT being handled as a Legio XX event.  The contact is Heidi Christenson, and everyone should contact her directly to "sign up", at 202-857-7535, hchriste AT ngs DOT org.  Romans and barbarians from other groups are more than welcome!!  The amount I suggested was $100 dollars a day per person, plus $100 dollars for the use of your equipment.  Meals will also be provided.
       Ms. Christenson told me that the typical spotless Romans often seen in documentaries are not what they're looking for.  Expect mud and abuse (though I warned her there were obviously limits!).  Strictly speaking, "good" weather for this would be a hard rain, which presumably might be artificially supplied if the day is dry.   I don' t know what sort of combat might be planned, but I might be able to produce a couple "basher" shields to spare our better ones some abuse.  I also warned her that most of our gear is aimed towards the mid-first century and is technically a little advanced for 9 AD, though she wasn't sure how picky the directors might be on that.  Obviously we should wear as much mail as possible, rather than lorica segmentata (though the Kalkriese style lorica was of course in use at the time).  Coolus and Montefortino helmets, or Gallic type A, are better than the later Gallics and Italics, though a brass Gallic or Italic is probably an acceptable next choice.  Mainz and hispaniensis style swords are preferable to Pompeii types, and belts without aprons.   A big question may be the scutum, since the curve-sided type was probably the rule.  Again, they may have to take what they can get!  Two months is more notice than we get for some of these gigs, but not really enough time for us all to re-equip ourselves.
       I'm guessing that it will be even harder to get Germans than Romans.  Those of us with long trousers might be able to convert for some scenes.  I have some tunics and a couple shields and weapons to lend.  Naturally some folks will not be able to take part for whatever reason, but if you can loan any equipment to trusted friends that would be greatly appreciated.  For those who want to know what to wear as a German, I scanned a few pictures from the Osprey book on Germanics and Dacians and from John Warry's "Warfare in the Classical World":

       Stay tuned for more details--we can't count on getting a lot of advance notice once the date is settled.


       From Eric Jadaszewski, jrjada AT juno DOT com, "Just wanted to let everyone know about our 2nd annual Time Line event at the Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, NH on Oct 14, 15, 2006.   The fort is a very reenactor-friendly site, scenic, good facilties and always a lot of fun.  Please contact me if your group is interested in attending this year and I'll give you more details."


From Rusty Myers, Legio VI Ferrata:
Pompeii Dies Pro Vesuvius:  Pompeii, the Day Before Vesuvius
January 11-14, 2007, Mobile, Alabama

       We have been contacted by the Exploreum Museum ( regarding hosting an event January 11-14, 2007 in conjunction with the US Premier of the Pompeii Exhibit opening at the Museum in Mobile, Alabama.
 Essentially this would be a Friday, Saturday, Sunday event, so we would look to a Late Thursday/early Friday arrival time.  The museum is looking at assisting re-enactors with reimbursement for travel, very low hotel rates for those who need to hotel ($55-$75 at a brand new Renaissance Marriot which is re-opening in conjunction with the Pompeii Exhibit).  A feast Saturday evening, and most importantly:
       Free admission to actually see the Pompeii Exhibit (perhaps with a private guide). This exhibit will be touring the US in 2007 and I believe will only be at about 4 locations nationwide, so that is a unique opportunity!  The event would be hosted at the USS Alabama State Park ( which also has a number of attractions many of us would find interesting.  We will be able to stay onsite, camp, and cook. Think of it as Nashville, with a Battleship, and events for the re-enactors, plus a chance to see the Pompeii Exhibit.
       Basically I need to know how many folks are interested!  Pretty much any Roman impression will be welcome, as we will be taking the Castra Romana Marketplace and plan to have a large soldiers camp, a market, and other Roman related events.  Soldiers? Civilians?  Senators?  Vendors?  I do not need a commitment now, just rough numbers for planning.  Please shoot me an email atjustuslonginus AT aol DOT com with numbers or ideas.


   August 5--Workshop at Roger & JJ Moskey's house, Sterling, VA
   Fall? --National Geographic filming of Teutoberg Forest battle, tentatively in the Washington DC area.  Contact Heidi Christianson, 202-857-7535, hchriste AT ngs. DOT org
   September 9-10 --Legio XX Fall Encampment, Marietta Mansion
   October 20-22 --Castra Romana, hosted by Legio VI Ferrata, South Carolina,

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,