LEGIO XII RAPAX

About us

Sic revenit gloria Mvndi Romani

QVI SVMVS

WHO WE ARE

In case of every empire - size matters. Legio XXI Rapax is one of the biggest groups reenacting a Roman military unit worldwide. It was founded in 2003 and renewed in 2008. By now our group comprises nearly 80 equipped legionaries - that is a whole imperial centvria - plus people recreating various civilian roles. Our members come from Poland, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Italy, the Netherlands, Belarus, Ukraine & Czech Rep. All passionates, among them people with scholar background in ancient warfare, history of Rome & Greece, teachers of Latin.

We refer to the heritage of a real unit – Legio XXI Rapax („21st Rapacious”). It was raised during Avgvstvs reign around ’30 BC, probably in Spain, and lasted until late ’80 or early ’90 AD when it was either punitively disbanded by Domitianvs or destroyed in battles in Pannonia. Stationed mostly in provinces of Germania Inferior and Superior, XXI was known for it’s actions during conquest of Raetia (15 BC), stirring up mutiny of the northern legions and then taking part in retaliation campaigns of Germanicus against Germanic tribes (14-16 AD), important role in the civil war of The Year of Four Emperors (69 AD) or quelling the Revolt of the Batavi (69-70 AD). It was probably one of the most unruly  legions Rome has ever raised.


QVID AGIMVS

WHAT WE DO

Our aim is to recreate and popularize knowledge of military tactics, material culture and everyday life of a Roman legionary from 2nd half of 1st century AD. You can see us at the biggest ancient reenactment festivals throughout whole Europe, at many local events or even accidentally somewhere in the field, when we’re on the marching expedition.

We stay loyal to historical to the furthest possible extent, except for safety or legal reasons. If it’s not described in ancient sources or can’t be demonstrated using them, we don’t do or use it. This means extensive research, discussions and constant corrections to our equipment. We’re using hand woven, dyed and stitched fabrics, shoes hand made by our members, heavy and light gear of all kinds historically proper in shape and composition.

We don’t just dress up, but recreate. This means all modern items are forbidden in our camp, including tents’ interiors. The camp itself is a living scene: we sleep in it, cook and eat on our own, train drill and fighting, have Latin lessons, organize group games, conduct military and religious celebrations, keep night watch, run legion’s office, field hospital etc. We use commands in Latin restituta – a form closest to one the ancient Romans used.

We use our replicas, not just display them. Weapons, armor, tools, clothes, shoes, tents, utensils – all are tested in various conditions during winter patrols, rivers crossings, marches and camping overnights in forests, battle shows. It’s a way to verify various hypotheses and gain new experiences which – with necessary reservations - can shed light on how combat and non-combat equipment could have been used, worn and carried back then.

 

What and how we do it you can see in our GALLERY


PRIDIANVM

CENTURIA’S ROSTER

Before all Legio XXI Rapax is a group of amazing, diligent, committed and helpful people, tied by - properly for the first professional army in history - bonds of true brotherhood. Without them all this wouldn’t be possible.

Our ambition is to recreate a fully manned, equipped and operational centuria - a basic sub-unit of a Roman legion (with nominal strength of 80 people): with a leading centurion, his deputy, watch commander, standard-bearers, musician, appropriate artillery, adequate number of rank & file legionaries. We take care to avoid unhistorical overabundance of officers.

 

Centvria est omnis divisa in contvbernia…

Our group is divided into sections “stationed” in different cities and gathering members from the nearest vicinity. We called them contubernia (historically, 8-men contubernium was the smallest structural part within a ceturia). Every such section organizes its own drills, takes part in local events, helps its members in gaining knowledge and equipping themselves. Several times a year all contubernia meet during big historical festivals, becoming there a one centuria of Legio XXI Rapax - raising a big camp, training together, taking part in shows, battles or ceremonies dedicated to the gods and emperor.



Members of the Legio XXI

PRINCIPALES

Centvrio
Marcvs Rebivs Cacaivs Asellio
Optio
Qvintvs Petilivs Secvndvs
Tesserarivs
Primvs Fabivs Lvcianvs Bibvlvs
Cvrator Veteranorvm
Gaivs Valerivs Procilvs
Aqvilifer
Qvintvs Trebativs Tvbvlvs
Imaginifer
Decimvs Fabricivs Laco
Signifer
Gnaevs Tvllivs Cato
Vexillifer
Qvintvs Fabivs Silvester
Cornicen, Optio fabricae
Lvcivs Tvllivs Cactvs
Evocatvs
Gaivs Flavivs Germanvs

EQVITES LEGIONIS

Eqves
Marcvs Flavivs Arminivs
Eqves
Decimvs Livivs Vrsvs

Contvbernivm RAPIDI

Miles
Titvs Flavivs Rapidvs
Miles
Qvintvs Nerativs Fortvnatvs
Miles
Avlvs Terentivs Percinvs
Miles, Coqvvs
Hostvs Vlpivs Masvrvs
Miles
Tiberivs Metilivs Agrippa
Tiro
Lvcivs Arrivs Magnvs
Miles
Sextvs Caelivs Caldvs
Tiro
Caeso Sicinivs Calvvs
Tiro, Librarivs
Caivs Valerivs Vrsvs
Tiro
Longvs
Tiro
Qvintvs
Tiro
Celer
Tiro
Sordidvs

Contvbernivm MAVRI

Miles
Pvblivs Marcivs Mavrvs
Tiro
Appivs Albanivs Pinvs
Tiro
Lvcivs Domitivs Scaevola
Tiro
Tiberivs Aemilivs Vvlpvs

Contvbernivm NASONIS

Miles, Specvlator
Titvs Lappivs Naso
Miles, Specvlator
Gaivs Salonivs Rvfvs
Miles
Titvs Flavivs Pollio
Miles
Tiberivs Fvrivs Severvs
Miles
Sextvs Naevivs Bestia
Tiro
Nvmerivs Vergilivs Salinator

Contvbernivm CACTI

Miles, Campidoctor
Agrippa Seivs Tiranvs
Miles, Cvstos Armorvm
Qvintvs Cassivs Faber
Miles
Pvblivs Florivs Pictor
Miles
Titvs Calidivs Silanvs
Miles
Titvs Flavivs Negrvs
Miles
Sextvs Valerivs Fronto
Tiro
Lvcivs Vibivs Gemellvs
Tiro
Canvs Marcivs Gero
Tiro
Qvintvs Valerivs Raptvs
Tiro
Tertivs Tvlivs Metellvs
Tiro
Qvintvs Flavivs Prvnvs
Tiro
Manivs Manilivs Cvlter

Contvbernivm LVPI

Miles, Specvlator
Septimvs Virivs Lvpvs
Miles, Stationarivs
Appivs Navtivs Licinvs
Tiro
Marcvs Fvrivs Triarivs
Miles
Gaivs Petronivs Nero
Tiro
Titvs Caecilivs Troianvs
Tiro, Capsarivs
Pvblivs Tvllivs Hedonicvs
Tiro
Marcvs Flavivs Dvrvs
Tiro
Decimvs Ivnivs Rvcvlvs
Tiro
Decimvs Vitrvvivs Barbatvs
Tiro
Holvs
Tiro
Tertivis Larcivs Postvmvs
Tiro
Canvs Fvlvivs Octopvs
Tiro
Pvblivs Dvilivs Caro
Tiro
Cibvs

Contvbernivm TVBVLI

Miles
Avlvs Pontivs Tavrvs
Miles, Stationarivs
Mettivs Naevivs Corax
Miles, Stationarivs
Gaivs Postvmivs Telesinvs
Miles
Pvblivs Flavivs Gregorivs
Miles, Frvmentarivs
Manivs Cvrivs Crassvs
Tiro
Tertivs Albivs Matto
Tiro, Capsarivs
Lvcivs Eqvitivs Hirrvs
Tiro
Marcvs Scribonivs Cinna
Tiro
Titvs Fvrivs Pacilvs
Tiro
Avlvs Navtivs Astrvs
Tiro
Manivs Gimlivs Geta
Tiro
Titvs Avrelivs Canvs
Tiro
Qvintvs Messivs Vaginvs
Tiro
Qvintvs Decivs Fidvs
Tiro
Appivs Aelivs Pater
Tiro
Lvcivs Licinivs Mvrena
Tiro
Rvfivs Vergilivs Mercator
Tiro
Qvintvs Arrivs Atellvs
Tiro
Nvmerivs Petronivs Passer
Tiro
Decimvs Falerivs Priscvs
Tiro
Avlvs Tvllivs Viridvs
Tiro
Tertivs Fvrivs Mandatvs
Miles, Coqvvs
Pvblivs Cornelivs Anvlinvs
Tiro
Titvs Eqvitivs Grando
Tiro
Tiberivs Avrelivs Lavrvs
Tiro
Sextvs Didivs Longvs

Contvbernivm ROGATI

Miles, Campidoctor
Gaivs Livivs Rogatvs
Miles
Qvintvs Cornelivs Capriolvs
Miles
Marcvs Cornelivs Perpetvs
Miles, Tvbicen
Marcvs Grattivs Lepidvs
Miles
Qvintvs Domitivs Ramvs
Miles
Pvblivs Cominivs Panis
Tiro
Primvs Ivlivs Talpinvs
Tiro
Titvs Flavivs Cricetvs
Tiro
Decimvs Fabivs Catvlvs
Tiro
Qvintvs Grattivs Silentivs
Tiro
Tiberivs Plinivs Lotor
Tiro
Qvintvs Grattivs Medicvs

Contvbernivm ANATICVLAE

Miles
Lvcivs Flavivs Anaticvla
Tiro
Primvs Antonivs Albvs
Tiro
Pvblivs Flavivs Certvs

Contvbernivm DELIRI

Miles, Campidoctor
Marcvs Lavrentivs Delirvs
Tiro
Titvs Flavivs Florvs

Contvbernivm BVBONIS

Tiro
Pvblivs Svetonivs Bvbo
Tiro
Lvcivs Cornelivs Macro
Tiro
Avlvs Cassivs Aries

CIVILES

Gaea Tavra
Arria
Flavia
Avrelia
Livia
Fvria
Clavdia
Lvcretia Nigra
Livia Magia
Olimpia
Clodia
Marcia
Cornelia Alba
Mango
Dracvs V. Valerivs
Qvintvs Livivs Brvnvs
Scvlptor
Titvs Flavivs Aqvila
Faber
Gaivs Gentilivs Victor
Flavivs Terentivs Pertinax
Scribonia
Sirona
Silvana

HONESTA MISSIO

Signifer
Avlvs Flavivs Maximvs
Miles
Nvmerivs Grattivs Bonvs
Miles
Vibivs Silivs Alatvs
Miles
Gaivs Fvrivs Mortifervs
Miles
Caivs Ivlivs Baccvs
Miles
Marcvs Dvdivs Tvrbo
Tiro
Caeso Qvinctilivs Falco
Tiro
Marcvs Valerivs Nemvs
Tiro
Qvintvs Svetonivs Savlvs
Tiro
Spvrivs Decivs Darivs
Tiro
Lvcivs Lvcilivs Lvcvllvs
Tiro
Gnaevs Terentivs Pestinvs
Tiro
Qvintvs Terentivs Varro
Tiro
Sextvs Horativs Mvranvs
Tiro
Lvcivs Cornelivs Barbatvs
Tiro
Lvcivs Lvcretivs Cavvs
Tiro
Pvblivs Terentivs Metellvs
Tiro
Marcvs Acilivs Glabrio
Tiro
Servivs Ovidivs Aries
Tiro
Tiberivs Flavivs Flaccvs
Tiro
Tertivs Silivs Cvrio
Tiro
Marcvs Longinivs December
Tiro
Gaivs Gavivs Trvpo
Tiro
Pvblivs Nigidivs Figvlvs
Tiro
Tiberivs Avrelivs Sabinvs
Tiro
Marcvs Calidivs Carbo
Tiro
Sextvs Flavivs Desprinvs
Tiro
Lvcivs Acilivs Vesper