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People from across the world have for decades come together to reenact historical military and civilian life at various periods in time. A large number of these are dedicated to the Roman era. As part of our efforts to bring ancient Rome back to life, Nova Roma sponsors the activities of various legions across the world. The level of historical detail required varies from legion to legion, and some engage in mock combat while others display their prowess at period drill and camp life. Several groups of Roman military reenactors have been approved by senatus consultum. Some of these legionary units, like the Legio XXI Rapax, have been established as our own representative and ceremonial Roman army: join us - we want you!
The Sodalitas Militarium of Nova Roma is devoted to the study of Roman martial art, as well as cataloging, modeling and re-enacting the great military forces that were Rome's. More information can be found on the Sodalitas Militarium page.
Nova Roma has, from its beginning, sponsored reenactment units throughout the world. Benefits include citizenship, a listing on this page, and web server space. Learn more about the various types and structure of Nova Roma legions. To apply, please see the Legio Sponsorship Application Form. Legions we currently sponsor can be found at Legiones.
To apply for sponsorship, please see the Legio Sponsorship Application Form.
Our Category:Roman Clothing and Equipment pages contain extensive information on Roman military equipment and weapons, and clothing including armour, tunics, and togas.
The shield of the officers of the Nova Roman Legio XXI Rapax.
Q. Arrius Nauta prepares to serve as member of the honour guard at Sarmatian Days.
The Legio XXI Rapax marches with the Legio X Gemina during the Floralia.
Muster of the Rapax before the commemoration of the 1920th anniversary of the fall of the legion.
The new shields of the Legio XXI Rapax: the scutum of 2014.
Expeditionary mission of the Legio XXI Rapax to Regio Marcomannia, the fortress of Fülek (Slovakia). Soldiers wearing the three main types of armor: 'lorica squamata' at left, 'lorica segmentata' in the middle, and 'lorica hamata' at right.
The Roman 'lorica segmentata' seen from all aspects on the soldiers of the Rapax. The great M. Metellus M. f. Cyprianus, son of the tribunus M. Metellus, leads the line.
C. Villius Vulso, soldier of the Legio XXI Rapax before his transfer to his new unit, the Cohors VI Carpathica.
The centurio of the Legio XXI Rapax, Cn. Cornelius Lentulus, with the tribunus, the founder of the legion, M. Caecilius Metellus Tocaiensis.
Australia & New Zealand
- Ancient Roman Reenactors Victoria, (LEGIO X FRETENSIS) (Melbourne, Australia)
- Legio IX Hispana (Sydney/Blue Mountains, Australia)
- Sydney Ancients Hoplite & Roman Society (Sydney, Australia)
- Legio II Avgvsta NZ (North Shore, New Zealand)
- Imperial Romans New Zealand (LEGIO VI FERRATA) (New Zealand)
- Legio II Augusta (Portsmouth, United Kingdom)
- Legio VIII Augusta MGV (United Kingdom)
- Quinta/Cohors Quinta Gallorum (Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom)
- Red Shanks (United Kingdom)
- Legio II Traiana Fortis (Las Vegas, NV)
- Legio III Cyrenaica (New England, USA)
- Legio III Gallica (New Orleans, LA)
- Legio XXIV Media Atlantia (Eastern PA & NJ, DE)
- Legio XX (College Park, MD)
- Legio VI Novae Romae (Albany NY)
- Legio XIII Gemina - Houston, Texas - Approved in 2013
- Legio IX Hispana Cohors III (Washington, D.C. area, not approved by Senate)
- Legio VIII Augusta (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
- Legio VIIII HISPANA (Spain)
- Legio X Gemina / Gemina Project (Leiden, Netherlands)
- Legio X Fretensis (St. Petersburg, Russia)