15 Jun 2017 -


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Rob Zienta: 410.599.4229 (cell)


What are the costs and commitments to participate as a Roman soldier or civilian with Legio IX Hispana?

There are no dues or initiation fees to join Legio IX (although we may occaisionally ask for voluntary contributions toward unit equipment or projects). Participation is up to each individual, although we encourage everyone to attend as many activities as they can! We strive to have about 10 events a year, including a mixture of unit workshops (fabrica), work parties at event sites, public living history displays, and non-public immersion events.

Little or no initial investment is required to participate in your first few events; the unit has some loaner equipment and clothing available for new members to use while they are acquiring their basic items. Everyone is encouraged to obtain their own clothing and footware first; many members have made their own for under $100 or purchased these items for under $200.

Portraying a Roman miles (soldier) with all of his combat equipment of course costs more (but less than it does to portray a soldier in some other periods!). Legio IX strives to make the completing this portrayal (called an "impression") as economical as possible. We buy equipment in bulk at near wholesale prices, and raw materials in large quantities. We hold unit workshops (fabrica) where members can make their own equipment or learn the techniques and borrow our patterns. Most members use a combination of buying some items and making others, although almost everything you might need is available from commercial vendors.

Two items, the shield (scutum) and spear (pilum) are usually issued to each miles at events by the unit quartermaster. This eliminates the requirement to buy these on your own (although some members do so anyway). 

Examples of costs for a soldier impression:

Costs of materials to make your own, versus near wholesale to retail price range:

  • Calcei or caligae (Roman hobnailed boots) $40, vs. $75 to $90
  • Tunica (tunic) $25, vs. $50 to $65
  • Balteus (soldier's belt) with baltea bullatis (dangling studded straps)  $40+, vs. $139 to $250 (depending on style and level of decoration)
  • Lorica segmentata (segmented body armor) $60, vs. $169 to $225 (depending on size)

Cost range to purchase through unit, versus retail vendor (not including shipping):

  • Galea (helmet) with liner $120 vs. $150 (for recommended styles)
  • Gladius (sword) $92 to $135 vs. $150 to $170 (depending on type and level of decoration)

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