Welcome to Magister Militum

Welcome to Magister Militum

Named after the highest rank of general in the Late Roman Army, Magister Militum is a re-enactment group focussing on recreating soldiery from the early ancient period through to the Dark Ages, though our specialty lies in the Roman army of the middle 4th Century AD, recreating the elite palatial regiments of emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus, or Julian the Apostate (ruling between AD 355 to AD 363).

Based in Yorkshire, England, we are a group of like-minded individuals with a passion for exploring ancient history through recreating and using historical objects, clothing, armour, and weapons. Whilst bringing a fresh outlook to re-enactment, as a team we have over fifteen years of collective experience and a wide range of motivations for taking part in the hobby, from professional academic interest to the manufacture and use of reconstructed artefacts that we might better learn how our ancestors fought, died, and lived. As a unit, we all enjoy the opportunity to spend a weekend with good friends, an open fire and some of the most unique campsites in the country. Above all, we enjoy demonstrating our kit to a captive audience, from the battle equipment through to the everyday objects used for eating, drinking, and relaxation. 
 

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Academic-style research into Roman military kit is a passion of the group, and we spend a good deal of time carefully investigating the equipment we use. Given the lack of data surrounding the late period of Rome compared to the early empire, there’s a lot of personal interpretation involved in constructing a good impression for this era. 

To help explain our choices and to inform others, we’ve started work on a series of articles detailing our research into the military equipment of the 4th Century Roman army. These can be found on our Blogs page and will be an ongoing series as we delve deeper into the mysteries of this relatively untapped period. 

Laurel crown of victory
Laurel crown of victory

Magister Peditum Antoninus bearing a laurel crown of victory, photo courtesy of WarTog Photography

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Berkasovo I Helmet
Berkasovo I Helmet

Group member Ross Cronshaw wearing the Berkasovo I helmet reproduction by the Pustelak Brothers, photo courtesy of WarTog Photography

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Magister Utriusque Militiae
Magister Utriusque Militiae

Group member Ross Cronshaw dressed as the Magister Utriusque Militiae (Master of all forces), photo courtesy of WarTog Photography

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Magister Peditum
Magister Peditum

Group member Tony Gilligan dressed as the Magister Pedtum (General of Foot)

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Writing set
Writing set

A Roman writing set consisting of brass pen and inkwell, and papyrus sheets as well as wooden Vindolanda-style tablets

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1st Century Roman legionary
1st Century Roman legionary

Group member Ross Cronshaw demonstrating the kit of an early Imperial legionary, including segmented cuirass and bronze helmet. 

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