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The Roman Military Equipment Conference

About ROMEC

The first Roman Military Equipment Research Seminar was held in the Department of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology (now, sadly, defunct) at the University of Sheffield (GB) in 1983. It has since grown and the Roman Military Equipment Conference (ROMEC), as it has become known, now visits various international venues, but still retains the same goals as that first seminar: to further the study of Roman military equipment with contributions from professional or amateur, academic or re-enactor, archaeologist or historian. It is open to all, the only limitation being one of numbers.

Publications

The newsletter of ROMEC is Arma, whilst papers presented at the various conferences are available (together with other related papers) in the Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies.

Previous ROMECs

ROMEC I
Sheffield (GB), 21st March, 1983. Organised by M.C. Bishop. Published in M.C. Bishop (ed.), Roman Military Equipment. Proceedings of a Seminar held in the Department of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, 21st March 1983, Sheffield 1983
ROMEC II
Sheffield (GB), 1984. Organised by M.C. Bishop. Published in M.C. Bishop (ed.), The Production and Distribution of Roman Military Equipment. Proceedings of the Second Roman Military Equipment Research Seminar, BAR International Series 275, Oxford 1985
ROMEC III
Nottingham (GB), 1985. Organised by M. Dawson. Published in M. Dawson (ed.), Roman Military Equipment: the Accoutrements of War. Proceedings of the Third Roman Military Equipment Research Seminar, BAR International Series 336, Oxford 1987
ROMEC IV
Newcastle upon Tyne (GB), 12th-13th April, 1986. Organised by J.C. Coulston. Published in J.C. Coulston (ed.), Military Equipment and the Identity of Roman Soldiers. Proceedings of the Fourth Roman Military Equipment Conference, BAR International Series 394, Oxford 1988
ROMEC V
Nijmegen (NL), 1987. Organised by C. van Driel-Murray. Published in C. van Driel-Murray (ed.), Roman Military Equipment: the Sources of Evidence. Proceedings of the Fifth Roman Military Equipment Conference , BAR International Series 476, Oxford 1989
ROMEC VI
Bonn (D), 1988. Organised by M. Gechter. Papers published in JRMES 1 (1989)
ROMEC VII
Magdalensburg (A), 24th-26th May, 1990. Organised by H.-J. Ubl.
ROMEC VIII
Newcastle upon Tyne (GB), 11th-12th April, 1992. Organised by L. Allason-Jones. Published in JRMES 3 (1992)
ROMEC IX
Leiden (NL), 15th-17th September, 1994. Organised by C. van Driel-Murray. Published in JRMES 5 (1994) & 6 (1995), with some papers in 4 (1993)
ROMEC X
Montpellier (F), 26th-28th September, 1996. Organised by M. Feugère. Papers on the Republican theme published in JRMES 8 (1997), others in JRMES 7 (1996)
ROMEC XI
Mainz (D), 10th-12th September, 1998. Organised by J. Oldenstein. Papers on the Late Roman theme published in JRMES 10 (1999), others in JRMES 9 (1998)
ROMEC XII
South Shields (GB), 24th-26th September, 1999. Organised by W.B. Griffiths. Papers on the theme of reconstruction published in JRMES 11 (2000)
ROMEC XIII
Brugg (CH). 3rd-7th October, 2001. Organised by E. & S. Deschler-Erb. Papers on the theme of military equipment in civil contexts have been published in the Jahresbericht of the Gesellschaft Pro Vindonissa for 2002. Other papers (and posters) will appear in JRMES 12/13 (2001/2).
ROMEC XIV
Wien (A), 27th-31st August 2003. Organised by S. Jilek. Papers on the theme of military equipment in battlefield contexts have been published in Carnuntum Jahrbuch for 2003.
ROMEC XV
Budapest (HU), 1st-4th September 2005. Organised by L. Kocsis. Papers on the theme of the military equipment of the enemies of Rome will be published in JRMES 16 (2005).
ROMEC XVI
Xanten (DE), 13-16 June 2007. Organised by M. Müller and H.-J. Schalles. Papers published in Hans-Joachim Schalles and Alexandra W. Busch (eds) Waffen in Aktion. Akten des 16. Internationalen Roman Military Equipment Conference (ROMEC), Xanten, 13.-16. Juni 2007, Mainz 2009
ROMEC XVII
Zagreb (HR), 24th-27th May 2010. Organised by Prof. dr. sc. Mirjana Sanader and Ante Rendic Miocevic. Papers will be published in JRMES

The next ROMEC

ROMEC XVIII will be held in Denmark in 2013 at København and a link to the conference website will be placed here as soon as one is available.

The organising committee

The organisational structure of ROMEC is currently under review, but the organising committee includes
  • Dr J.C.N. Coulston , School of Greek, Latin and Ancient History, University of St Andrews, St Salvator's College, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AL, GB
  • Dr C. van Driel-Murray , IPP, Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130, 1018 VZ Amsterdam, NL
  • Drs E. & S. Deschler-Erb, Seminar für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Universität Basel, Petersgraben 9-11, 4051 Basel, CH
  • Dr S. Jilek, Academy of Science, Institut für Kulturgeschichte der Antike, Baeckerstrasse 13, 1010 Wien, A
  • Dr L. Kocsis, Aquincum Museum, Budapest, HU

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