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. 

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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Roman spatha
Roman spatha

A decorated scabbard and hourglass hilt belonging to a replica of a sword (spatha) found in Nydam. 

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Roman cavalry officer mounted
Roman cavalry officer mounted

Group member Matthew Richardson displaying a mounted Roman cavalry officer of the mid-4th Century.

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Roman spatha hilt
Roman spatha hilt

A decorated Roman sword scabbard and hourglass hilt, based off a find from Nydam. 

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Spatha blade
Spatha blade

The blade of a 4th Century Roman sword (spatha), featuring pattern-welded decoration, by Jackhammer Forge.

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Group member Tony Gilligan
Group member Tony Gilligan

Group member Tony Gilligan displaying Roman clothing of the 4th Century AD at Epworth Showground, 2021.

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