|Salvete, convenimus in campo martis (locus in Fort Wayne,
IN). Welcome to the web site for the midwest vexillation, of the 30th legion, 3rd
cohort. Besides this one, the present day 30th legion also has a vexillation in Ontario,
Canada, cohors I , the headquarters group. We reenact the roman legions during the
reign of emperor Trajan. Our goal is to authentically portray the roman legionnaire of
the late 1st century doing most of what he would of done. This includes marching,
drilling, training, and camping as a roman legionnaire would of done. Staged battles
are also sometimes performed, but since the elements of our kit are real, there are
limits to how far this can go. Since safe unchoregraphed authentic combat using real
weapons is impossible, one thing that we are not about is sport combat. For an
epitoma historica of the original legio tricesima, visit the main legio XXX page.
The roman legions were responsible for much more than just winning battles.
Eventually this site will contain information on the construction activities of the roman
legionaires. The romans were also very devote. One cannot do justice to roman
reenactment without also considering their pagan religious practices. Finally, there is
the issue of language. Though by necessity, this site needs to use some English,
another goal is the accurate portrayal of the use of spoken and written Latin. For
example, our drill commands are always in Latin.
As my proficiency in the lingua latina improves you'll see more and more latin on this
site. At Roman reenacting events we have used much too much English. Particularly
in front of the public, ideally, only latin should be heard. I know that this is much to
ask, but starting from knowing nothing of the language I have taken it upon myself to
learn latin. Over the last six months I've made considerable progress. Others can do
After I master Latin I may turn my attention to Greek. I find it interesting that of all
the papyri found at the library of Herculaneum, almost all, if not all, have been
written in Greek. For the 1st century at least, the rule may be: Dum lingua Latina
dicta est, lingua Graeca scripta est.