Friday, March 18, 2011

ROMA March Festivals

Saturday March 19th, 2011

9:30am - Rekindling Vesta's Holy Flame

Our festivals begin this month with the Rekindling of the Flame in the Temple of Vesta in ROMA. After the ritual, we will proceed into the Subura for the rite of Matronalia!

10am - Matronalia Ritual and Ladies Fête
Matronalia is the Roman equivalent of our Mother's Day, and this year, to honour the mothers and potential mothers of ROMA, we will be having a ritual to Juno - followed by a Ladies Fête. We will have couples dancing, serving boys, and a special contest for the men only: present a poem or prose composition on/about a woman in your life. This can be a mother, sister, girlfriend, friend, whatever - but it must be an original composition about how you feel about this woman. (Positive commentary only!) There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

12pm - Subura Equirria Races
In honour of Mars and the Second Equirria, we are having a horse race from the Subura Gate, all the way through ROMA, and finishing in Transtiberim! Anyone can enter the race - you can bring your own horse, or use one of our demo horses. Even Centaurs are welcome! There will be a prize purse for the winner of the race!

Sunday March 20th, 2011

10am - Bacchanalia Celebration
Come join us for the Bacchanalia! In ancient times, the Bacchanalia was a wild and mystic festival celebrating Bacchus, God of the Grape Harvest and Ecstatic Revelry. These celebrations were originally held in secret and only attended by women. Later, the worship was opened to men, but still retained it's wild abandon. In ROMA, the Bacchanalia is our reason to party, drink, and be wild things! So come dressed in your wild man/wild woman best and party with us!

12pm - Quinquatria Ritual for Minerva and Boxing Matches
Minerva is the goddess of the Quinquatria, a balancing force of just & honourable battle against the passionate and wild war symbolised by Mars. Our ritual today honours Her wisdom and justice, as well as asking Her blessing upon our ROMA. After the ritual, we will have boxing matches - just and honourable battle against a respected opponent. There will be prizes for the top contender and the runner-up. Whether spectator or fighter, it should be an exciting battle to watch!

3pm - Bacchanalia Grand Feast
Come join us for the conclusion of our March Festivals - The Martius Grand Feast! We will have music, dancing, a trivia contest by our own Trivia Master, Mickey James, and a costume contest. Theme of the Costume Contest will be Famous Warriors, both fictional and non. Prizes will be given for best male and female costumes.

Monday, March 14, 2011

ROMA Celebrates Italian Unification

Thursday 17th March 2011 - 150th anniversary of Italy's Unification

Giovedì 17 marzo 2011 - 150° anniversario dell'Unità d'Italia

(Please note the times are in SL standard time and Italian time)

1 pm SLT - Italy's Blessing Ritual
@ Jupiter's Temple - Roma Urbs
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Italy's Unification, we will be performing a Blessing Ritual for Italy. We will not only ask ancient Roman Gods to protect Italy, but we will also remember the ones who dedicated and who still today dedicate their lives to our Country.

22.00 ora italiana - Rituale di benedizione per l'Italia
@ Tempio di Giove - Roma Urbs
In occasione del 150° anniversario dell'Unità d'Italia, celebreremo un Rituale di Benedizione per l'Italia. Non solo chiederemo agli antichi dei romani di proteggere l'Italia, ma ricorderemo anche tutti coloro che dedicarono e che ancora oggi dedicano le loro vite al nostro Paese.

1.30 pm SLT - Harpastum match - Ancient Roman soccer
@ XIII Legion Gemina Fort of Ostia
Have you ever asked yourself which are the origins of soccer, the most beloved sport in Italy? Well, then you are the right persons who can have fun playing the ancestor of soccer: harpastum, also known as harpustum. Harpastum was a form of ball game played in the Roman Empire. We know little about the exact rules of the game, but it appears to bear a remarkable resemblance to American Football and Rugby. So, which team will you join? Will yours win or lose?

22.30 ora italiana - Partita di harpastum - Il calcio della Roma antica
@ Forte della Legione XIII Gemina ad Ostia
Vi siete mai chiesti quali sono le origini del calcio, lo sport più amato in Italia? Ebbene, allora siete le persone giuste per divertirvi a giocare all'antenato del calcio: l'harpastum, conosciuto anche come harpustum. Nell'Impero romano l'harpastum era un gioco in cui era previsto l'uso di una palla. Sappiamo poco sulle esatte regole del gioco, ma sembra che assomigliasse notevolmente ai nostri American Football e Rugby. Allora, di quale squadra farete parte? La vostra squadra vincerà o perderà?

1.45 pm SLT - Surprise game
@ Campus Martius - Transtiberim
Are you curious? Well, that's a surprise! Then you have to wait and come to see :)

- Gioco a sorpresa
@ Campo marzio - Trastevere
Siete curiosi? Ma è una sorpresa! Perciò dovete pazientare e venire a vedere :)

2.30 pm SLT - Grand feast for 150th anniversary of Italy's Unification
@ Dominus' Petrus Cornelius Sulla Silvanus (Peter Woody) house.
Wish Italian people happy 150th birthday! Come, bring your friends if you want: all people from any countries are welcome. You will enjoy the cool breeze of our Tiberim river from the peristylium of Dominus Cornelius' domus, and you will taste our wonderful Italian food and wine while chatting or dancing. We will look forward to you!

23.30 ora italiana - Festa conclusiva per il 150° anniversario dell'Unità d'Italia
@ Casa del Dominus Petrus Cornelius Sulla Silvanus (Peter Woody)
Festeggiate con noi il 150° compleanno degli Italiani. Venite, anche con i vostri amici se volete: tutti voi, di qualunque nazionalità siate, siete i benvenuti. Cosa c'è di meglio che godersi la fresca brezza del nostro fiume Tevere direttamente dal peristlio della casa di Dominus Cornelius? Potrete gustare il nostro fantastico cibo italiano e il nostro vino mentre chiacchierate o danzate. Vi aspettiamo!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New ROMA Legion video

The ROMA Legion has a great new info video on YouTube, made by Primus Pilus Brodbiz Bagration. Watch it here!

Our LEGIO XIII GEMINA linked to the original

Primus Pilus Brodbiz Bagration informs us that our legion group has been given a link on the wikipedia page for the real Legio XIII Gemina. Learn about the historical legion at