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FROM: "Angharad Resents the Need For a Surname" <emeralddolphin@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

Avete, everyone!

I'm Angharad, and I've been involved with The Vikings UK for several years now, but recently Kate (Cottia?) talked me into branching out. I am interested in portraying a Gaulish infantryman, as I understand you have a unit attached to Legio VI.

I was wondering if you use rectangular scuta for your Gaulish auxiliaries or something else. Also, would anyone be willing to meet up with me and talk about kit? I read through the handbook, but I still have a bunch of questions.

-Angharad
(thinking about "Galba")


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

Welcome, Angharad! We're a pretty friendly group, and we should definitely be able to help you get started. I am currently living in Maidstone, but there are a lot of knowledgeable group members in London.

As far as shields go for the auxiliary unit, we use flat oval shields. Trajan's column clearly shows only legionary soldiers using the rectangular scuta.

-Marcus Flavius Aquila
Centurion, Legio VI


FROM: "Servius Sulpicius Placidus" <tribunes_club_member@hotmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

The Roman army did not have women in it. We are an educational group seeking to accurately portray Roman life to the public.

There are plenty of things for women to do in our group, so you shouldn't feel limited by 'women's work'.

-Placidus
Tribune, Legio VI


FROM: "valeria rufia" <romanitas@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

why would you want to fight when there is so much to do for the ladies? ........spin, weave, cook, sew.........smiles......welcome to legio.........

valeria


FROM: "Amar Jibril" <hieronymus_bosch@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

Legio VI Victrix does permit women to portray male characters, provided they disguise their gender and act accordingly. This may require wearing false facial hair, for example. Placidus, please review the handbook before reprimanding people. I realise we do not currently have any women in the military ranks, but we did before your time.

Welcome, Angharad. Esca is currently in charge of our Gaulish auxiliaries, and I'm sure he'd be happy to help you with your kit.

If you have other questions or concerns, I will do my best to help you out. Legio VI wouldn't exist without people like you, and I hope you'll have fun here.

-M. Claudius Marcellus
Legate, Legio VI


FROM: "Angharad Resents the Need For a Surname" <emeralddolphin@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

Thanks, Marcus and Marcellus!

While I certainly think there is a great deal that is ‘interesting’ in historical women's work--I portray a woman in The Vikings most of the time--I also enjoy combat re-enactment and the challenge of convincingly portraying a male character, and am glad to hear that Legio VI still allows this.

-Angharad


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

Angharad, I'd be happy to go over kit specifications with you and help you put something together.

Marcus, do you do all your research on Wikipedia? I've been meaning to talk to you about the current kit standards for the Gaulish auxiliary cohort. Trajan's column uses different armour as coding to distinguish legionary and auxiliary units, but that doesn't mean that actual standards were so rigid. There's evidence for auxiliaries using curved-oval scuta, and for that matter, at least one of the auxiliaries on Trajan's column carries a curved-rectangular scutum. There's also one example of an auxiliary soldier from Cohors IIII Delmatarum carrying a flat-rectangular shield with a *horizontal* handgrip.

You might find these Adrian Wink articles useful:

http://www.romanarmy.net/artshields.htm
http://www.romanarmy.net/curvedauxshield.htm

-Esca


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

Esca, no, I do not ‘do all my research on Wikipedia’. This Gaulish cohort uses round oval shields, as a unit. I don't find the (very little) evidence for auxiliaries using curved-rectangular scuta terribly convincing, however, although I will certainly grant that auxiliaries in general did use shield styles other than flat-oval.

-Marcus


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

It's still an open question how standardised uniform and gear was for auxiliary units. Anyway, why flat-oval? There's more evidence for parallel-sided ovals in Britain.

-Esca


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

Because that's how we started, and barring evidence that auxiliaries in Britain *never* used flat-oval scuta, I'm not going to ask everyone to spend that kind of money to replace their shields.

Also, even if kit weren’t generally standardised within unit, I think it's fairly probable that shields were, given their importance and that they were used to display the insignia of the unit. How would formations work with some soldiers carrying oval or curved shields and others not?

-Marcus


FROM: "Servius Sulpicius Placidus" <tribunes_club_member@hotmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

Seriously, lads, why not just get your dicks out and measure? Can we kill this argument and get back to talking about things the rest of us actually *care* about?

-Placidus
Tribune, Legion VI


FROM: "Mistress Alyce" <roundhead@yahoo.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Introduction and a question about Gaulish auxiliary shields

Servius Sulpicius Placidus wrote:

> Can we kill this argument and get back to talking about things
> the rest of us actually *care* about?

While I don't like how he phrased it, I have to agree with our tribune. Once it gets down to this level of bickering over minutiae, you should probably take it offlist.

-Sassticca


FROM: "Amar Jibril" <hieronymus_bosch@gmail.com>
TO: "Servius Sulpicius Placidus" <tribunes_club_member@hotmail.com>
SUBJECT: Not appropriate

Placidus,

Comments about ‘dick-measuring’ are not appropriate on this list; please refrain in the future. I will be reposting the list rules as a reminder.

-M. Claudius Marcellus
Legate, Legio VI


FROM: "Amar Jibril" <hieronymus_bosch@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: REMINDER - LIST RULES

Hello, folks,

Some of the recent conversations have started to cross a bit of a line. Remember, we're all here to learn and have fun, and part of that means being courteous and professional to each other. This includes not casting aspersions on the research methods of others.

Also, as long as everyone stays on-topic, there is no historical detail too minute to discuss. If you find it frustrating, you might consider switching your subscription from digest to individual emails so you can filter or delete the messages you're not interested in.

I will be sending the list rules out as a reminder once a month. Please email me offlist if you have any questions.

Thanks,

M. Claudius Marcellus
SIXTHLEGION Moderator
Legate, Legio VI

[attachment: LISTRULES.txt]


FROM: "Lutorius Drusillus Salinator" <salinator@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Lutorius Drusillus Salinator (and cavalry)

Hi, I'm pretty new still, but I have a couple of questions.

1. I was thinking about ‘Lutorius Drusillus Salinator’ for a name. How does that sound?

2. I'm interested in developing a cavalry portrayal. Does anyone have any good resources?

Thanks!

-Lutorius


FROM: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Lutorius Drusillus Salinator (and cavalry)

Welcome, Lutorius! Your name poses a few problems for our group. First, it looks like three cognomina, which is extremely unusual. We like to stick with tria nomina (praenomen, nomen, cognomen) in the Sixth. Here's a good overview of how to build a tria nomina:

http://www.legionxxiv.org/nomens/

Second, ‘Salinator’ as a cognomen was probably only used by the Livii.

As far as a cavalry portrayal goes, we don't allow cavalry portrayals unless you have a properly-equipped horse. It is much more expensive to portray a cavalryman, so most people start out with an infantry portrayal. You might want to talk to Caratacos (David Cradoc) about logistics--he portrays a British charioteer, and I know it's not cheap. His email address is esseda@yahoo.com.

-Cottia
Authenticity Officer, Legio VI


FROM: "Lutorius Drusillus Salinator" <salinator@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: re: Lutorius Drusillus Salinator (and cavalry)

Thanks Cottia. I looked at that website and did some more research, and found that ‘Drusus’ was sort of used as a praenomen by some of the Livii and Claudii. Would ‘Drusus Claudius Lutorius’ work?

-Lutorius


FROM: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Lutorius Drusillus Salinator (and cavalry)

Lutorius Drusillus Salinator wrote:

> Would ‘Drusus Claudius Lutorius’ work?

That should be fine.

-Cottia
Authenticity Officer, Legio VI


FROM: "Amar Jibril" <hieronymus_bosch@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>, "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Teutoburg marching routes

Cool it, both of you, or I'm putting you on moderated posting.

-M. Claudius Marcellus
Legate, Legio VI


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Women's work (another question about the novel…)

Sorry to bother everyone again with another novel question, but I'm working on a new project with a major female character. Would any of the ladies be willing to let me pick their brains about spinning and other fibre arts?

-M. Flavius Aquila
Centurion, Legio VI


FROM: "Dr David Lehane" <d.lehane@ucl.ac.uk>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Women's work (another novel question…)

Can't help you on the spinning (Cottia tried to teach me once, but it didn't go very well), but never apologise for your questions! It's great to have at least one novelist trying to get the details right.

-Letan mapos Dergodeini


FROM: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Women's work (another question about the novel…)

I would be happy to talk your ear off about fibre arts, especially if you're finally going to write a book with a major female character! I bet Sassticca and Valeria would be happy to chat, too. Are you going to be at the Chester Roman Festival?

-Cottia / Kate


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Women's work (another question about the novel…)

I am definitely planning to attend Chester Roman.

The novel is based on the Laudatio Turiae--I'm fascinated by all the mysterious murder and politics going on. Of course the woman will be a major character, and she has to do normal Roman matron activities when she's not hiding fugitives and what-not, and it's important to get that stuff right, too.

-Marcus


FROM: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Women's work (another question about the novel…)

OMG ARE YOU SERIOUS? I HAVE BEEN WANTING SOMEONE TO WRITE A NOVEL ABOUT THEM FOREVER. Well, since I read the laudatio, anyway. Have I mentioned recently that you're my *favourite* author?

Let's talk!

-Kate


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Re: Women's work (another question about the novel…)

:-S Well, I hope it lives up to your expectations.

-Marcus


FROM: "Amar Jibril" <hieronymus_bosch@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: This Is Deva - Chester Roman Festival

Everyone,

This Is Deva, the Chester Roman Festival, will be June 2nd/3rd this year. Roman groups from all over the UK will be there, and it's a fantastic opportunity to share information with other groups as well as educate the public. There will be a reconstructed Roman village in Grosvenor Park, as well as gladiatorial games.

I strongly encourage everyone who can to go.

-M. Claudius Marcellus
Legate, Legio VI


FROM: "Mistress Alyce" <roundhead@yahoo.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: This Is Deva - Chester Roman Festival

Sorry, everyone, I went last year and I had a great time, but this year I committed to the big ECWS muster in June, and it's the same weekend.

-Sassticca


FROM: "Servius Sulpicius Placidus" <tribunes_club_member@hotmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: This Is Deva - Chester Roman Festival

I will be at Chester, of course. It's important to support *our* group.

-Placidus
Tribune, Legio VI


FROM: "Angharad Resents the Need For a Surname" <emeralddolphin@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: This Is Deva - Chester Roman Festival

I finally have all my kit together, and I'm soooo excited about my first big event!

-Galba


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: This Is Deva - Chester Roman Festival

I'm looking forward to meeting those of you I haven't met before…it's been too long since I made it to an event.

-Marcus


FROM: "Esca MacConal" <e.macconal@ucl.ac.uk>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: So, um.

I'm sorry if I've been too snarky on-list...it's always hard to tell with email, and I sometimes get a little carried away, especially about Teutoburg (it's my dissertation topic). Anyway, if you like, we could meet up for a pint after the Chester Roman Festival and clear the air face-to-face.

Let me know,

Esca


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Esca MacConal" <e.macconal@ucl.ac.uk>
SUBJECT: Beer

Not at all. You're nicer than Placidus, anyway, although I kind of hope you don't review my book when it comes out. I'd definitely be up for a pint sometime.

-Marcus


FROM: "Esca MacConal" <e.macconal@ucl.ac.uk>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Beer

Rabid boars are nicer than Placidus.


FROM: "Caratacos" <esseda@yahoo.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: New chariot pics

I finally finished the new chariot, with modifications to the platform design based on the finds in Smith (2009). Took it out for a run the other day with Brownie and Princess and it handles great!

Thanks Gwen for taking the action shot!

-Caratacos

[attachments: chariotpic1.jpg, chariotpic2.jpg, chariotplatform.jpg, chariotinaction.jpg]


FROM: "Drusus Claudius Lutorius" <salinator@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: New chariot pics

Sweeeeeet. I'm impressed.

-Lutorius


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: New chariot pics

Nice work! Did you use all hand tools or do the initial work with power tools and hand-finish?

-Esca


FROM: "Caratacos" <esseda@yahoo.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: New chariot pics

All hand tools this time. I made replicas myself of the ones we have direct evidence for and used modern tools where I had to. I wanted to have the complete 2nd century chariot-building experience! Not sure I'd do it again, but it was worth it.

-Caratacos


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Um, so this is a little awkward…

I can't believe I'm asking this, but would you be willing to straightcheck this sex scene? It's from the laudatio novel, and I have no idea if it's realistic at all, but I really think it needs to be there for characterisation reasons.

Man, it's weird writing straight sex, although at least the pronouns are easier. I think after this I'll go back to military history with no sex...

-Marcus

[attachment: laudatiosex.doc]


FROM: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Um, so this is a little awkward…

Haha, sure. I think it's fine (and really sweet, aww!), but you might want to find a straight bloke to run it by, since it's from Quintus's point of view. I can ask Davy if he's willing to look at it if you like?

I've made a few suggestions in the attached doc.

And this is great so far! I hope you don't go back to *only* military history--I love seeing more of the daily life and political intrigue.

-Kate

[attachment: laudatiosex_comments.doc]


Message from Esca: hey you forgot your jumper when you changed trains.
Message from Marcus: can pick it up next time i'm in london?
Message from Esca: sure, i'll hang on to it.


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Esca

Hey Kate,

I think my gaydar's broken, and I feel really weird asking this, but...so, I met up with Esca after the event and we went to a pub for a while and I just could. not. tell. Mixed signals all over the place. Do you know if he's gay?

-Marcus


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Marcus

Hi, Cottia,

This is me following the approved sexual minority social strategy for figuring out who might be available--sneaking around and asking mutual friends. You know Marcus Aquila pretty well, right? Is he a big queer or is it wishful thinking?

-Esca


FROM: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
BCC: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>, "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: JUST ASK HIM OUT

Trust me on this one.

love,
Kate


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: London next month

I'm going to be making a research trip to London next month to catch the new Roman exhibit at the Museum of London (busman's holiday!). I could stop by and pick up my jumper while I'm in town, if you're free.

-Marcus


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: London next month

Do you have somewhere to stay? I have a spare bed, although it's not much of a mattress.

-Esca


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Last weekend

I think I've rewritten this email about twenty times now; it's been sitting in my draft folder since Monday. Sad, yeah? Anyway, I had a great time in London. Really great. And I know you're really busy with your PhD work and I can't get to London very often right now, but I'd like to do it again sometime. If you wanted to.

Yeah. So. I'm heading to my uncle's place near Reading to try to bang out a good chunk of my next novel, so I may be quiet for a while.

-Marcus


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Last weekend

You forgot to take your jumper with you, so I suppose we will have to do it again. (Imagine a winking smileyface here; I don't believe in emoticons.)

-Esca

P.S. I hope you changed that thing in your Teutoburg novel.


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Last weekend

I wish you could see my face right now. (I'd use an emoticon, but I don't want you to judge me.)

-Marcus

P.S. I did not, and it's already at the publisher. Sorry. Anyway, I still think my way is plausible.


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Last weekend

I could probably find it in my heart to forgive you for the occasional emoticon, but don't make a habit of it.

-Esca

P.S. This, on the other hand...


FROM: "Marcus Aquila" <pr@marcusaquila.co.uk>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Semi-OT: "Eagle in Flames" available in stores

The Teutoburg novel is OUT! It should be in stores over the next week or so. Thank you all again for all your incredible help on the details.

-M. Flavius Aquila

[attachment: eagle_pressrelease.txt]


FROM: "Dr David Lehane" <d.lehane@ucl.ac.uk>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Eagle in Flames

You can probably tell by how Marcus talked me into a cover blurb, but I really recommend ‘Eagle in Flames’. Solidly researched, great visceral detail, *and* it really brings the people to life. You've outdone yourself, Marcus!

-Letan


FROM: "valeria rufia" <romanitas@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: "Eagle in Flames" available in stores

great book, marcus...... couldn't put it down.....

-valeria


FROM: "Servius Sulpicius Placidus" <tribunes_club_member@hotmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: "Eagle in Flames" available in stores

It was pretty decent. Good job, Marcus.

-Placidus


FROM: "Cottia of the Iceni" <not_camilla@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Fwd: Re: "Eagle in Flames" available in stores

Forwarded message from Servius Sulpicius Placidus:

> It was pretty decent. Good job, Marcus.

OMG, he is such a *dick.* I can't believe I was stupid enough to date him.

Don't take it to heart--Eagle in Flames was AWESOME, and I don't even like military novels much normally. Except yours.

love,
Kate / Cottia


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: "Eagle in Flames" available in stores

I never thought I'd say this, but I officially forgive you for not going with my pet theory on the marching route. Excellent book, and it was definitely more dramatic the way you wrote it (even though I still think it's less likely).

-Esca


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: Re: Re: "Eagle in Flames" available in stores

Thank you for all the kind words, everyone! I wrote this book for you, and I couldn't have done it without your help.

-Marcus


TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: "Eagle in Flames" available in stores

Esca Cunovali filius wrote:

> I never thought I'd say this, but I officially forgive you for
> not going with my pet theory on the marching route.

Aww, I love you too.

Seriously, I'm glad you liked it.

Still miss you,
Marcus


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: OT: That's Doctor MacConal to you!

I AM DONE WITH MY PHD. FINALLY. THEY CAN'T TAKE IT BACK.

I'm planning to celebrate in the time-honoured fashion of drinking myself into a stupor on Saturday. Anyone want to join me? I'll be at Molly Moggs on Old Compton Street.

-DOCTOR Esca MacConal (thank Christ)


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Congratulations!

I knew you were brilliant, Dr MacConal. Wish I could see you Saturday.

-Marcus


Message from Esca: wish you were here
Message from Esca: on my cock
Message from Marcus: are you drunk?
Message from Esca: hell yes!
Message from Esca: still wish you were here
Message from Esca: what would you do?
Message from Marcus: push you up against a wall and suck your cock
Message from Marcus: i'm touching myself right now
Message from Marcus: slowly
Message from Marcus: wishing it was you
Message from Esca: bastard
Message from Marcus: [146790.jpg]
Message from Esca: BASTARD
Message from Marcus: call me later if you're awake


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Want to visit my uncle?

My uncle invited me for a visit--he has a little farm in Silchester, with some Roman ruins, although they're not very impressive. Want to come with me? You could think of it as a reward for surviving your doctorate.

His house has thick walls, fyi.

-Marcus


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Want to visit my uncle?

Roman ruins and fucking like bunnies? How is this even a *question*?

-Esca


FROM: "Marcus Aquila" <pr@marcusaquila.co.uk>
TO: "Dr Thomas Aquila" <t.aquila@reading.ac.uk>
SUBJECT: Thanks again

Uncle T.,

Thanks again for inviting us to visit! By the way, have you had anyone take a look at those coins you found last summer? They might narrow down the occupation period for the Roman farm.

love,
Marcus


FROM: "Dr Thomas Aquila" <t.aquila@reading.ac.uk>
TO: "Marcus Aquila" <pr@marcusaquila.co.uk>
SUBJECT: Re: Thanks again

Any time, nephew. I always enjoy the company (and the chess--you're almost competition for me now!). Your boyfriend Esca seems like a smart fellow. Is this one serious? What happened with David?

I haven't asked anyone about the coins yet. Do you know any experts?

-T.


FROM: "Marcus Aquila" <pr@marcusaquila.co.uk>
TO: "Dr Thomas Aquila" <t.aquila@reading.ac.uk>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Thanks again

Uh...David dumped me for my agent a couple years ago. They got married last year. I thought I mentioned?

Anyway, yeah, we are. Does this mean you're going to start pressuring me for grand-nieces and -nephews?

Davy Lehane at UCL is pretty solid on Roman coins--tell him I referred you (d.lehane@ucl.ac.uk).

-Marcus


FROM: "Dr Thomas Aquila" <t.aquila@reading.ac.uk>
TO: "Marcus Aquila" <pr@marcusaquila.co.uk>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Thanks again

Marcus Aquila wrote:

> Does this mean you're going to start pressuring me for grand-nieces
> and -nephews?

Well, that will teach me not to check email while I'm drinking hot beverages.

-T.


FROM: "Marcus Aquila" <pr@marcusaquila.co.uk>
TO: "Gwen Cradoc" <gwen@greyhoundliterary.co.uk>
SUBJECT: Proposal and sample chapters

Dear Gwen,

I've been working on a new project that's a bit of a change in direction for me. I probably should have talked to you about it earlier, but this one just *grabbed* me and I had to write it (don't worry, I've started the outlining and research for another strictly military novel, this one about Agricola and Mons Graupius).

Let me know what you think.

All my best,
Marcus

[attachment: laudatio_proposal.doc]


FROM: "Gwen Cradoc" <gwen@greyhoundliterary.co.uk>
TO: "Marcus Aquila" <pr@marcusaquila.co.uk>
SUBJECT: Re: Proposal and sample chapters

Marcus,

You're right that this is a change in direction for you, but I think it still has enough of a military angle to keep your audience. Turia is a strong character and the elements of political intrigue and daily life may make this a good crossover book to reach out to new readers who aren't (yet) military history buffs.

I definitely think we can sell this!

-Gwen


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Flat

How's your new job so far? Keeping the students in line? Terrorising them with your cutting sarcasm and red pen?

-Marcus

P.S. *deep breath* I bought the flat in London. We can move in next month after they finish replacing the windows.


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Re: Flat

I am well on my way to being the most feared lecturer, adjusted statistically for age and experience, thank you for asking. Started working on a new tunic the other day--I'm thinking about trying to tablet-weave trim for it. It was a disaster last time I tried, but Cottia said she'd help.

-Esca

P.S. Oh, fuck it. Don't expect me to do this ever again. :D


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Re: Flat

Isn't there a huge gap in evidence for Celtic tablet weaving between La Tene and early medieval, oh meticulous re-enactor? It sounds to me like you are *extrapolating* the *plausible*.

love,
Marcus


FROM: "Esca Cunovali filius" <500spears@gmail.com>
TO: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
SUBJECT: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Flat

Shut up. You're still wrong about the auxiliary shields. And you need to stop using a sewing machine.

love,
Esca


FROM: "Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila" <pia_fidelis@gmail.com>
TO: SIXTHLEGION@listserv.co.uk
SUBJECT: OT: Flat-warming party

Avete, everyone:

Esca and I are having a flat-warming party on Saturday. Email me offlist for the address.

-Marcus