Welcome to Legio IX Hispana

Legio IX at Military Through the Ages 2013


You've reached the online camp of Legio IX Hispana. We're a group of hobbyists, historians and Rome enthusiasts who come together and portray part of a company of Roman soldiers. Our goal is to portray the common Roman soldiers, support auxilia, and civilians, mainly for non-public "immersion" events, where we try to learn the lessons of life in the Roman Legions. Occasionally, we do display events (such as Military Through the Ages in Jamestown, VA), but we have no officers and no fancy titles, no governors or senators or tribunes... no togas. We are common soldiers and the civilians who would have been associated with a Roman military encampment. In doing this, we hope to learn some knowledge about what their lives were like. Maybe you find this interesting...

At one time, there used to be other groups portraying Legio IX here in the United States, but they are all gone it appears. Alas, we will march onward, not wavering, not failing. If you're interested in signing up, read onóLegio IX Hispana is looking for good, fresh new recruits! It does comst some money, but... if you are willing to work, we can help you get outfitted for a reasonable price. It is our philosophy to help new members to get rolling and not to just throw them in the deep water and tell them to swim. We are activley recruiting...

Centurio Gaius LepidvsWhere We Are

We are encamped in the northern part of Provincia Britannia,, north of what will become that Hadrian's Wall public works project. For public events, some of our members portray a number of different time periods from the AD43 Invasion to the 3rd Century. However, for our non-public events, we portray a Flavian-period impression.

What We Are Doing There

We are patrolling and pacifying the region assigned to us as well as making improvements to our temporary camp. There is an Oppidium that needs to be taken by the end of Aprilis. We are also surveying the area for resources, constructing a bridge or two and there are those persistent rumors that we'll be laying a proper road next Spring.


One of our bigger goals is the construction of an actual Roman castra (marching fort), to be located in Maryland. This is actually not really a public thing, more private at this time; perhaps someday opening occasioanlly to allow members of the public in. Think of the castra as the ultimate immerson eventóthe plan is to even have a Celtic village close by. Roman life and living... The Celts, the same. It's an experience, not something to just stand around. If you're contemplating Roman reenactment as a hobby and if you like what you see here then please consider joining us.

Reenactment Philosophy

The best way to describe what we do is engendered in the phrase "experimental archeology." Our displays are dynamic, not static. We are not content with parades and drills or displays of gear. We, via our portrayals, prefer to put our Roman gear and equipment to the test.

We strongly believe that the gear we make or acquire is best portrayed and understood when it is used, used extensively, put to its physical limitations. We do not revere our equipment or handle it with cotton gloves. The gear we make and wear is designed and intended to be durable, fully functional soldier's gear, just like the originals.

  • If it bends, we straighten it.
  • If it breaks, we fix it.
  • If it is destroyed, we make a new one.
  • Learn how to form a chapter in your area.
  • Transfers are welcome. Learn how you can join Legio IX Hispana!
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