Roman Soldier Photo

Roman legionnaires to make camp at Wisconsin Lutheran College

September 7, 2006

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Lutheran College will host an encampment by Legio XIV, a Roman army reenactment group, Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the college grounds at 8800 W. Bluemound Rd. The event is free and open to the public. Members of the Legion will camp on the grounds, dress in full costume and discuss armor, weaponry, legionary structure, camp life and the history of Legion XIV.

"The Legio XIV encampment gives the community an opportunity to do hands-on learning," says Shannon Winslow, the student coordinator of the event and a WLC history major. "Not only do you get to see it, you get to experience it."

Saturday's schedule includes two lectures, both to be held in the college's Science Hall.

  • 1-1:30 p.m. - Professor Glen Thompson of Wisconsin Lutheran College will present "The Roman Army in the New Testament."

  • 3-4 p.m. - Professor Bettina Arnold of UW-Milwaukee will present "Damnatio memoriae: The Teutoburg Forest Battle of AD 9."

In addition, the Wisconsin Lutheran theatre department will present short scenes from Roman plays including "Medea" by Seneca and "The Twin Menaechmi," "The Casket" and "Stichus" by Plautus.

For more information regarding the encampment, please contact Dr. Glen Thompson at (414) 443-8945.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.