Fectio, Late Roman re-enactment society

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..Welcome to Fectio!

  Welcome to Fectio, part of the Vortigern Studies websites. Fectio is a Late Roman re-enactment group, based in The Netherlands and attempting to re-create a soldiers 'life in the times of Vortigern. Edited by Robert M. Vermaat.

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Links about Roman re-enactment, from the Principate to the Dominate and the Dark Ages. Some links are to interesting non-re-enactment sites. For non-Roman groups look here.

Late Roman and Germanic re-enactment groups and websites (3rd-6th century)

  • Batavi (UK)
    A small, friendly group who re-enact military and civilian life in the 4th to 6th centuries A.D. The military activities are based around the Batavi Iuniores, a Late Roman army unit which arrived in Britain in 360 A.D. and returned in 367 A.D. to form part of the mobile field army until the end of Roman rule in Britain.
  • Britannia (UK)
    The oldest UK society when it comes to fifth-century Arhurian re-enactment in Britain. Run by Dan Shadrake, well-known from movies and television. Their shield design represents a unit called the Legio Secunda Britannia, which developed from the famous Legio II Augusta.
  • Cohors I Gallica (E)
    A Late Roman group from Spain, formed by a group of archaeologists who work at the Late Roman town of Iruna/Veleia. Their shield design represents a unit called the Equites Primi Gallicani, a vexillation of the Gallic field army.
  • Cohors V Gallorum (UK) and the Arbeiea Society
    A third century Roman re-enactment society based at the Roman fort of Arbeia at South Shields.  The group recreates both the military and civilian life of the early third century (around 230 AD).  This period is neither early or late empire and reflects the changes which occurred from the late second to the late third century in the clothes, equipment, weapons and personal belongings of the soldiers and civilians.
  • Comitatus (UK)
    Comitatus is a UK Late Roman re-enactment group. The group portrays both the Praesidiensis infantry unit, as well as brilliant displays of the Taifali cavalry.
  • Contubernium (GE)
    A German group, portraying a group of Ripuarian Franks in Roman service during the 5th century. They represent the period in which the Roman army is gradually vanishing and Rome's influence is waning.
  • Foederati (F)
    A French group, portraying life in Gaul during the 5th century. Their shield design represents a unit called the Celtae Seniores, an auxilia palatina unit from the Italian field army.
  • Pontinenses (GE)
    A German group showing the development of the Celts, Romans and Bavarians around Rosenheim. Their late 3rd c. unit is called the Limitanea Pontaenenses, a limitanei unit.
  • Legio II Italica (GE)
    The Legio II Italica group are Roman re-enactors based in Bavaria, southern Germany. They reconstruct the equipment and lives of soldiers based at Lauricium (Enns-Lorch) on the upper Danube frontier, not just in 200AD but in the 2nd, 3rd and even 4th centuries.
  • Legio Herculiani Iuniores (F)
    A very active Franco-Belgian group, portraying life during the 4th century. Their shield design represents a unit called the Herculiani Iuniores, a comitatenses unit of the Eastern field army.
  • Legio Herculiani Seniores (I)
    A large multi-period Italian group (Storinsubria), who also organise a Late Roman event in or around Milan. Their shield design represents a unit called the Herculiani seniores, a comitatenses unit of the Western field army.
  • Legio III Italica (CH/GE)
    A Swiss-German group, portraying both military (Legio Tertiani) as well as Alamannic civilian life (Sih Frewen) in the Roman province as well as Germanic lands.
  • Legio Septimani Seniores (E)
    A Catalan group, part of the
    Legio I Germanica, who specialise in the Late Roman period. Their shield design represents a unit called the Septimani seniores, a comitatenses unit from the Hispanic field army under the Comes Hispanias.
  • Letavia (F)
    A Breton group, who show the 5th century from the point of view of the Seguntienses, a Late Roman unit from North Wales, transferred to Gaul.
  • Lusoria Project (GE)
    A brilliant German project of re-creating a Late Roman Lusoria, a fast river vessel.
  • The Roman recruit is Gaius Fortunatus (Paul Elliott), a Roman soldier serving with the Sixth Legion in Roman York. in 210 AD. The site details the story of his life, his daily routine, his weapons and equipment, what he eats, where he sleeps and where he's been.
  • Timetrotter (GE)
    A famous German cavalry group who reenact several periods, including the Late Roman period.
  • ASK (GE)
    The Alamannisch-Suebische Kulturdarstellung are a German group portraying the Alamanni from the 2nd to 7th c. AD.
  • Combrogi (UK)
    Combrogi recreate the society of Britain during the period between the Roman withdrawal and the Norman Invasion 400 to 1066 AD, but they also do primarily Late Roman.
  • Lentienser (GE)
    A German group, portraying Alamannic farmer-warriors of the period up to 600 AD.
  • Raetovarier (GE)
    A German group, portraying life of the Alamannic sub-tribe the Raetovarii.
  • Teuxandrii (NL)
    A Dutch multiperiod reenactment/living history group, which atempts to demonstrate daily life from 100 before to 1100.
  • Ulfhednar (GE/P)
    A famous German-Polish group, also portraying life of the Alamanni between 350 and 500.
  • Ulfinger (GE)
    A German group, portraying cavalry of the Celts, Late Antique Germans and Merovingians.
  • Winniler (I)
    An Italian group, portraying the Longobardi (Lombards) from the 1st to 7th century.
  • Wulfingas (UK)
    An English society portraying life and war in early Anglo-Saxon England between 450-550 AD.

Late Roman forums

Selected websites

Selected Roman groups

  • RomanArmy.Com
    The mother site of the forum. Database full of images of modern groups but also the largest collection of military gravestones.

  • The Roman legions
    A very nice part of the great website of Jona Lendering, with a chronological as well as an alphabetical catalogue of most Roman legions, each with a (short) history.

  • Corbvlo
    LRGG Corbulo is a Dutch group of enthousiastic re-enactors. By doing project in Living History at schools, museums, at historical digs and in themeparks they mean to show how history can come alive.

  • Pax Romana
    Pax Romana is a Dutch reenactment society that portrays Roman soldiers of the Cohors XV Volotariom Civium Romanorum, a group of the Classis Augusta Germanica (marines of the Rhine fleet) and Batavian civilians (Civis Batavi), as they would have appeared in the last quarter of the first century AD.

  • Legio XIIII Gemina Martia Victrix, Roman Military Research Society
    A very good site. The RMRS is a research and re-enactment group specialising in recreating the Roman Army and Roman life during the latter part of the first century A.D., but with offshoots to earlier and later times.

  • Legio XX
    A very good site. This recreated Twentieth Legion usually portrays the legionaries based in Britain in the mid-first century AD, but auxiliary troops or legionaries from other eras may also be represented. The group is based in the Washington, D.C. area but will accept Associate Members from anywhere in the world. 

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