Ludus Militis is THE site for Roman training. Among our goals is the discovery of just what the Roman Legions actually used for commands. As of now, we are well into this discovery with the publication of Tactica, a new Roman drill commands set based on ACTUAL Roman commands as taken from documents of the times. Tactica has actual commands, not made up faux Latin ones as put forth by many in the hobby. The commands are ALL referenced and cited. Why not give it a look?
Roman reenacting is quickly gaining steam here in the United States. As our hobby has grown, one of the issues has been training the men. How did the Roman army train its soldiers—formations, individual weapon skills, engineering, marching, drilling, physical training, discipline, etc... While we all want to retain our own legion identity, working through a common training effort is much desired. We at Ludus Militis, hope to foster a new spirit in the hobby, one of openess and authenticity. Part of our plans will be events for training and sometimes immersion (fun will be included as, well it's a hobby and fun shouold be part of that. Just as the Ft. Lafe event in Arkansas has become a national site for its annual immersion/combat event, and the Castra Romana one of the larger public involvement weekends, it is hoped that Ludus Militis events can be held each year, in places where legions from across North America can come for combined training events. As we develop a joint training program through discussion and compromise, a manual or guide is being developed to help all legions set up smaller, regional events, assisted by the central organization, and using the same curriculum as will be found at other training camps elsewhere.
At these events, there will be no legion distinctions, with all reenactors divided into contubernia within one camp. Instructors trained in this system will school the soldiers in an intensive training program for the weekend.
All Roman reenactors are welcome to become members of this website and are welcome to post their ideas and comments, as long as they are in a comradely and polite manner. Manners are something that seem to be lacking in our modern, Internet-driven world. Know that they WILL be used here. You may disagree with others until the cows come home, just be polite and professional about it.