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APSU will host Festivus Legionus

Austin Peay State University and the Fifth Legion Alaudae will host Festivus Legionus, a re-enactment to show the glory that was Rome.

The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at the soccer field on the corner of Drane and Marion streets on the APSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Austin Peay State University and the Fifth Legion Alaudae will host Festivus Legionus, a re-enactment to show the glory that was Rome.

The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at the soccer field on the corner of Drane and Marion streets on the APSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival will include a Legionary encampment, drill and weapon demonstrations by Roman re-enactors of the Fifth Legion, gladiatorial games and hands-on demonstrations for children on how to march like a Roman. There also will be various demonstrations by the Austin Peay History Club and local Junior Classical League.

The Fifth Legion's Festivus Legionus is not only designed to inform the public about Roman times, but organizers also hope to recruit members for the new group in Clarksville.

The group originally was started in 2005 by students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Students at Austin Peay are starting their own chapter of the club, and organizers hope this event will help with that process.

There will be vendors of historically based armor, food, clothing, pottery and more. Vendors of historical goods, Soul of the Warrior and La Wrens Nest, are planning to attend.

For more information about the festival, including how to participate as a vendor or re-enactor, contact Dr. Minoa Uffelman, professor of history, by telephone at (931) 221-7704, or by e-mail at uffelman@apsu.edu. Daniel Pigg, member of the Fifth Legion, also can be reached by e-mail at dpigg14@hotmail.com.

The official Web site for the event is http://web.utk.edu/~cohprima/Festivus.html. -- Jessica Baird