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So, you want to be a Roman? We don't blame you a bit. It's a shared dream of ours, one that we fulfill together almost every weekend. Our group is not about reenactment, it's about simulated combat in a safe, fun environment that fosters sportsmanship and fellowship. Our citizenry includes people from 18-55, from all walks of life. Government employees, construction workers, college professors, college students, and more.
Becoming a Roman may seem overwhelming to the uninitiated. However, while nothing truly great is ever easy, it is not that hard to get started out on the Roman road. And as we all know, all roads lead to Rome.
Rome is first and foremost a military organization. We focus on medieval style, full-contact mock combat. An individual does not really need that much to get started. The minimum requirements are:
It may seem overwhelming to join us at a battle with 100 people on the field or a war with 3,000 people on the field. Practices are a great, low-key way to meet Rome and learn to do what Rome does best, fight!
Rome conducts practices each week, weather providing. Most of our membership range from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, so we are spread far enough to warrant multiple practices. A local practice will include people within a 30 minute driving distance.
Practices are usually in the evening, on a weeknight and last for 2-3 hours. Garb (costuming) and armor are not worn or used at practices. Loaner weapons are available for newcomers, and veterans will be there to train you and show you how to get equipped. Check the website under Schedule for practice times and locations.
Starting out is easy, and we’ll help you along the way. This rest of this document details what is expected from every Roman. We have all lived up to those expectations for years. Many of us strive to surpass them. That’s what that sets us apart and makes us great. We act together for the dream of our great Roman State. Romans live the dream and we invite you to share that dream with us. There is truly nothing better.
So, you want to be a Roman? While various requirements are detailed throughout this book, they are consolidated them here for easy reference.
A Roman Citizen will:
SOLDIERS (MILITARY CITIZEN)
To enlist in our glorious Roman Legions as a soldier, you must:
Roman military service is a long-term commitment. Rome has a lot to offer a new recruit. Rome is the best unit you will ever have the privilege to join. But understand that your wish to join must be more for Rome's greater glory than for your own. Referring to the first martial law of the Lex Romana: Rome will not be taken advantage of.
CIVILIANS (CIVILIAN CITIZEN)
To become a private civilian of the Roman Empire, you must:
Civilians have no need for, or access to, Roman military secrets. Neither are they bound by Roman martial laws. Our focus is obviously military, but civilians contribute significantly to Rome and will earn recognition for their contributions.
Civilians may not hold elected office, Rome is a military state. However, they may be appointed by a magistrate or serve on a committee.
We've often met fighters with Roman personas and armor at Pennsic and other wars we attend. You are welcome to fight with us on a temporary basis. The more the merrier! We only require that you adhere to our standards of honor and sportsmanship while fighting in our ranks. We all want to be part of something greater, and what could be greater than Rome?