Vol. XII, no. ix, September 2002

       The next Universal Soldier encampment at Fort Washington is on September 28-29.  If you've been there before and got a registration form in the mail, fill it out and send it back to the Fort as soon as you can.  If you have not been there before, or didn't get a form, be sure to register at the event.  This is another "lazy" event, but the other groups and the Fort itself are worth seeing, and we traditionally have a pilum-chucking range.
       The October 26 event at University of Pennsylvania Museum has been postponed until March 16, due to construction delays.

       Well, "action" may be too strong a word.  We turned out with four men and a lady at our Marietta Fall Encampment this past Saturday, and just three guys on Sunday.  It seemed quieter than usual, the official gate count being about 45 Saturday visitors.  Sunday it drizzled every half hour, but we still had a good 30 visitors.  We got at least six students from the same 6th grade Latin class!   Thanks to everyone who brought and sent food, at least we ate well!

       From Darren Nunez of Legio III Gallica, New Orleans:
The "Return to Rome II" event will take place October 19 and 20 at Destrehan Plantation (  The program officially runs from 10:00 - 4:00 on Saturday and 10:00 to 3:00 on Sunday.  Restroom facilities are available but no showers.  Tent camping is available on site.  Hotels can be found near Louis Armstrong International Airport, about 15 minutes away.  Arrivals should be scheduled for late Friday afternoon/evening or early Saturday Morning.
       Breakfast and Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday and Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday.  Saturday evenings meal will be a great feast provided by our civilians.  As we get closer, I'll need to know a headcount so we can prepare for the meals.
       Our camp will be setup in the back yard of the plantation with an area set aside for drill and another for the camp itself.
Civilian portrayals are most welcome.  Since civilians didn't usually travel with a squad of common soldiers, we usually tell the public that the soldiers are providing an escort for a provincial governor's family on their way back to Rome.
       [For more details, contact Darren.]

       From Jon Seydl at the University Museum in Philadelphia comes word of a conference to be held this October, "Antiquity Recovered," .  For more information see the website at, or contact Mr. Seydl.

       Got my gladius hispaniensis and scabbard done!  There is a picture at the bottom of the Photographs page of the website, and it will also be in a new photo on the Gladius page soon.  The scabbard frame is tinned brass, modeled on a couple other hispaniensis scabbards from about the right period.  On each of the two suspension rings is a small buckle, and those connect to a pair of straps that hang down from the belt.  The belt parts are copied from some found at Numantia, Spain.  They include two plates with a disc on one end, which I have used as attachment points for the suspension straps.  We don't really know what those plates were for, though!   The whole project came out very nicely--I was particularly pleased with the narrowness of the scabbard, and am now thinking that I need to rebuild a couple other gladius scabbards that are too wide…

       From OXeN, the Oxbow Books Electronic Newsletter, via Emilie Amt, comes a brief interview with Mike Bishop, including links to his upcoming books and a subscription form for JRMES (Volume 11 is out!),
       LOTS of new updates on the Legio XX website,, including the sections on Civilian Clothing, Gladius, Pila, Suppliers, Links, Photographs, Newstead Lorica,  and Tunic Color.  There is also a new page on the Scutum Cover.  I'm not done with the Civilian Clothing section yet (not that I'm done with ANYTHING!), so if you have input, questions, or would like to see your own clothing prominently featured, let me know!

   September 14-15 --Legio XX Fall encampment at Marietta.  Our "laid back" event, just us on the lawn.
   September 28-29 -- Universal Soldier encampment, Fort Washington, MD
   December  -- 4-5, 7-9 --Walk Through Bethlehem, Seventh Day Adventist Headquarters, Silver Spring, 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,   Valete!