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Reenactment Units and Other Groups, Outside North America

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So, okay.... here's what you're after. A listing of Roman reenacting units in Europe and outside of North America. Of course, some links will be dead, that being the nature of the Internet -- please let me know about dead links so I can repair or remove them. Anyway, when looking at a unit to join, take your time, don't get "recruit-itis" and just jump! Look, learn, study, ask questions... MAKE SURE the group you join is a good match for YOU and your interests -- if not, you are only asking for an unhappy time.

The Ermine Street Guard Roman Reenactment Society is dedicated to research into the Roman Army and the reconstruction of Roman armour and equipment.

Since its formation in 1972 the Guard has become firmly established as the leading society making such a detailed and accurate study of this subject

Each piece of equipment is made as authentically as is practicable based on recent research. Everything is made by Guard members to high standards of workmanship and accuracy and is continually being added to and improved as new information and finds become available.

Public displays are given at major Roman sites throughout Great Britain and Europe. The displays include aspects of the Roman soldier's training, the firing of artillery pieces and a static army camp display. At selected venues the Guard is also joined by two fully equipped Roman cavalrymen.

Assistance is given to Roman studies in schools, universities and other educational establishments, with visits by Guard members or the loan of armour and equipment
The idea of founding a roman reenactment group first came to mind during a workplace conversation in 1993. The original idea was the building of a Roman ship which was later transformed into the concept of reviving the Roman military life that once flourished in the legionary garrison of Brigetio. After conducting some historical research we chose Legio I Adiutrix as our forebear because they defended this part of the limes for quite a long period of time (from 90 til 440 AD).

We continued our research to get familiar with period roman military equipment and everyday life. Once we felt confident with our knowledge we started making armour and weapons. Our first introduction to the public happened in 2000 at the opening ceremony of a Warehouse with a four men strong unit-it was a great success. so we decided to form an official group called Legio Brigetio in 2001. In the coming years both the quantity of the equipment and the number of the members grew so today we are able to field 13 milites (1 centurio, 1 vexillarius, 8 legionaries and 3 auxiliaris) plus 4-5 civilians (mostly from the ranks of appreciative wifes).

Since our founding we have participated in numerous events throughout the country, like for instance the Festival of Komárom, the Floralia Festival (roman spring feast) organized by the Museum of Aquincum in Budapest or the Ludi Savariensis in Szombathely. In 2003 our group attended the opening ceremony of the archeological garden of a Roman fort in Lussonium (Dunakömlőd) and also served as a ceremonial guard for an exhibition at Klapka György Museum in Komárom which focused on roman jewelry and other archeological foundings found in the Cannabae of Brigetio. We regulalry make performances together with the members of the Schola Artis Gladii et Armorum (S.A.G.A.) Reenactment Group, our friends, who gladly play the role of the enemies (germans, celts) of the Roman Empire.

During our shows we introduce the life of roman soldiers and their training to the public and we also perform battle simulations to demonstrate the roman way of war. After our performances we usually set up a camp where people can try out our equipment (of course with our supervision) and even taste some real Roman food made after original recipes. We also have a living-history programme for schools where children can get acquainted with roman history very close. We hold our shows mostly during spring and summer. We regulalry train ourselves to be better Roman soldiers, for example: we have made long marches in period gear several times. Furthermore we make our equipment for ourselves and we constantly try to do more accurate armours and weapons. Finally we are absolutely open for recruitment, newcomers are always welcome in LEGIO I ADIUTRIX.

The original group was founded in 1999 with the name Legio V Lucana to reenact roman soldiers.

In 2004 the unit name was changed to the current and in 2005 it was constituted under the Cisalpina Cultural Association.

The Association groups enthusiasts of historical reenactment, scholars, academics or simple history fans, and it is present in Italy in Turin, Milan, Cuneo and Piacenza.

We promote research, experimentation and publication about history and archeology. We are currently developing three different projects. The first is focused on the praetorian soldiers (project #1) for the reason that they were more often stationed in Italy and they can be reasonably considered as a part of our lost national culture.

We are studying study the way the roman soldier used to combat, his tactics, his techniques.

From 2010 a second project has been in development about a Gladiator School and a third project started in 2013 and is devoted the roman civilian life.

The Association has won the First Prize as "Best Organized Roman Group" in 2005 and the Third Prize in the First National Contest for Historical Groups in 2009.

This group has no political or ideological connotation.
Since its inception, over 15 years ago, LEG II AVG's military and civilian section has grown from strength to strength to become one of Europe’s preeminent Roman re-enactment groups .

Today its displays encompass the full range of military and civil life—artillery, engineers, mosaicists, aristocratic ladies, slaves, archers, sculptors, smiths, cavalry, medical staff, painters and an unrivaled collection of full sized buildings, models, and archaeologically accurate military equipment, musical instruments, household artifacts, and much more. All this comes together to create an unforgettable live experience and a single point of contact to supply people and equipment for all manner of film and television work.
Legio II AvGvSTA (NZ) (New Zealand)
We are a research and re-enactment group specializing in recreating the Roman Army and Roman life from the 2nd to the 4th century A.D. Consisting of around 90 members, male and female, young and old, the Second Legion Augusta presents living history and combat displays of military life at venues throughout New Zealand. Our members come from many parts of New Zealand although our main base is to be found in Auckland where our training takes place. Members include artisans, armorers, artists, historians, and performers as well as combatants and display fighters.

Coming from many walks of life we are nevertheless united by our enthusiasm for the Ancient Roman world and the Roman army and by our determination to help inform, educate and enjoy!

All our armour, clothing, weapons and artillery have been made after extensive research and are as authentic as we can make them.

Our combat members undergo fortnightly combat training and participate in battle days; all members join in displays for both the corporate and educational and tourism sectors, as well as appearing on Television & in Film.

New members are always welcome! Come and meet us at a training day!
(Romercohorte Opladen, Coh. VI Asturum)—The I. ROEMERCOHORTE OPLADEN e. V ("First Roman Cohort of Opladen" is a historical association which aims to reconstruct the equipment and the everyday life of Roman military and their civilian surroundings by re-enacting ancient Roman life as authentically as possible.

The presentation of Roman military life is not based on an exaggerated militarism of the reenactors, but only on historical and practical reflections.   

  1. Viewed historically, the Roman military did much more than typical "soldier duties." Members of the Roman army, especially the legionary heavy infantry, did not perform strictly military tasks, but were also involved in building and repair of military infrastructure such as roads and forts, and protection of the civilian population in nearly every province of the Roman Empire. The engineering work of the army should not be overlooked, especially within the frontier provinces of the empire. It was the army's protection and manpower that made urban life possible in this regions. Without the Roman army going forth as a pioneer corps, cultural torchbearer, master builder, and watchful guard, the culture of Mediterranean Rome would never have spread so widely or thoroughly across Europe.

  3. A believable presentation of typical Roman civilian life in its urbanized surroundings would require fixed, local reconstructions, costing a great deal of money to present only a few aspects of civilian life in a realistic way. However, in the form of a temporary military marching-camp and a contingent of camp-followers, it is possible for us to re-create a wider and more complete picture of civil-military life in provincial Roman areas with relatively low means.

Based on this philosophy, I. ROEMERCOHORTE OPLADEN endeavors to reconstruct an ever more realistic vision of Roman life, through careful study of the military's equipment as known to archaeologists, through a permanent extension and a progressive perfection of our equipment and through our own practical experiences. We then present this to public audiences as "living history." Through the enthusiastic dedication of our members, who come from all professions and age-groups, we bring provincial Rome back to life.
Legio VII Gemina (Catalonia)
Okay, it's a nice site... however, I can't read it (it's in Catalonian) and I haven't found a translator program to do so... ;-( Looks good though.
An interesting site, auf Deutsch and hard to get anything out of. All text is graphics ;-0 (how 2001) and they use multiple frames on each page [kill their webmaster $%*&#($@]. Anyway, perhaps we'll get something translated for it.
Legio VIII Augusta is an association law 1901, founded in 1995, specialized in cultural mediation, history and archaeological activity and in the promotion of classical humanities.

We do things like demonstrations school visits, but also experimental archeology like period marches.
A great-looking unit in Spain who seeks to do it right! Give 'em a look! I did look at the site with a translator, but I didn't see much about them in their site... perhaps they'll send us something...
Legio X Gemina (Holland)
(Netherlands [that's Holland for those of you in Rio Linda])—The Gemina Project—a Dutch reenactment society that portrays Roman soldiers and civilians as they would have appeared in the last quarter of the first century AD when the Legio X Gemina was stationed at the castra of Nijmegen. Currently the society can field about two contubernia of legionaries with the associated officers and NCO's, a couple of auxiliary archers and about a dozen provincial Roman civilians. In accordance with the educational aims of our group, members regularly participate in public displays and lectures at museums, schools and sites of historical value, often in cooperation with similar reenactment societies from all over Europe.
The R.M.R.S is a research and re-enactment group specializing in the latter part of the 1st century AD. The Society presents living history displays of Roman military drill and civilian life at venues all over Britain. Our training base is at the Lunt fort, near Coventry and although many members live in the Midlands a number also come from as far afield as Essex, Scotland, Germany and even Rome! Members are of all ages, male and female, single, couples and families.

* Vexillatio Legionis Geminae

The display team of the RMRS represents a detachment of the Twin Legion, Legio XIIII Gemina Martia Victrix along with its associated auxiliary units. The team demonstrates the drill, tactics, battle formations, training, armour and equipment of the Roman army at the turn of the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. at the time of the Emperor Trajan. Troops are based in an authentic encampment area and, where space permits, displays include archery and the firing of a catapulta and manuballista. Various military ceremonies are also a regular feature including the swearing of loyalty to the Emperor, roll calls and military religious ceremonies.

Demonstrations can also include figure types and equipment from the early Republic through to the fall of the Empire during the 5th century A.D. We also have a marine with two fully operational model Roman warships. Between displays soldiers talk to members of the public, answering questions, demonstrating equipment and eating authentically cooked Roman rations. Soldiers speak Latin wherever possible and answer to the names of original members of Legio XIIII.

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