Vol. XX, no. viii, August 2010


    The Legion has an invitation to the Virginia Scottish Games, September 4-5 at Great Meadow Park, The Plains, Virginia.  We had a pretty good time at that event last year, and so did all the kids who ground wheat info flour on Allison's hand quern!  Hey, check this out:

    The event opens to the public at 9 AM, so best to be there well before then to set up and get armored.  I'll have the tent and the linen fly there.  I have already received a pack of parking passes and admission wristbands in the mail--please let me know if you are coming, and I can mail yours to you.  I'll have the leftovers with me at the site, so it should be possible to go there  first when you arrive and pick them up before parking.  Closing is at 5 PM.

    The website has the schedule and a site map in pdf form.  We will be in the same area as last year ("Living History" on the map), though it's possible they'll have us park in a different area.   Also expected is a contingent from Legio IX Hispana, though they may be in British/Caledonian guise.  (We will treat them in a civilized manner, of course!)

    The location is 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA  20198.  It is just south of I-66 about 10 miles west of Gainesville, VA.

    Oh, remember that the ostensible scenario for the weekend is the invasion of Scotland ("Caledonia", to us!) under Agricola in 83 AD.  You may want to bone up on the Battle of Mons Graupius, but no need for any significant changes in our gear or general "nuts and bolts" information.  If the weather isn't wet, I'll bring my Osprey book on the subject (Thanks, Richard!), and a British Ordinance Survey map of Roman Britain.  See you there!

    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 call from Robert Booth of Lion TV in New York.  His company is supposed to be filming a segment for the History Channel on the Roman testudo, and he needs legionaries.  The date will be September 5, which unfortunately conflicts with the Virginia Scottish Games.  The site has yet to be determined, but will probably be in New Jersey.  He mentioned the old myth of driving a chariot over a testudo, and said that they plan to have a chariot there but will NOT be driving it on our heads.  There will also be compensation, and lunch.

    That's about all I've got!  I told him I'd pass the word on to the troops.  IF you are interested and would like more details, best to contact Rob directly at 203-241-9642 (cell) or 212-206-8633 (office).


    On Saturday September 11 the Legion will participate at Hartwood Days, a community fair hosted by the local Boy Scouts troop near Fredericksburg, VA.  There will be improvements to the site arrangement and facilities based on feedback from last year!  (We'll be more accessible to the crowd, there will be more toilets, etc.)   The event is free to the public from 9 AM to 5 PM, and more details can be found on the website:

    The address is 25 Hartwood Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22406.  Take I-95 south towards Fredericksburg, VA, and take Exit 133 onto Route 17 north.  Go about 5 miles, and fork right onto Hartwood Rd.  I'm not sure exactly where we will be setting up, but I'll try to find out.  Otherwise, play it by ear!  Parking will probably be in the elementary school lot like last year.


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



I've been contacted a few times about this annual event, being held this year on October 15-17.  It includes wargaming, military modeling, talks and book signings by veterans, historical demonstrations, and more.  They'd love to get a few Romans.  For more details, contact Michael Harter at michael.harter AT casematepublishing DOT com, or visit the website at

   September 4-5 --Virginia Scottish Games
   September 11 --Hartwood Days Fair, Fredericksburg, VA
   May 14-15, 2011 --Roman Days, Riversdale Mansion, Riverdale, MD


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,