ROMEC

ROMEC is the triennial conference of ARMES.

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. Papers not published.

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) & JRMES 6 (1995), with some papers in JRMES 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 2001. Other papers (and posters) appeared 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 have been published in JRMES 16 (2005).

ROMEC XVI

Xanten (DE), 13–16th 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), 24–27th May 2010. Organised by Prof. dr. sc. Mirjana Sanader and Ante Rendić-Miočević. Papers published in Sanader, M., Rendić-Miočević, M. A., Tončinić, D. and Radman-Livaja, I. (eds) 2013, XVII ROMEC Zagreb 2010 Radovi Proceedings Akten, Zagreb.

ROMEC XVIII

Copenhagen (DK), 9–14th June 2013. Organised by Drs Thomas Grane and Xenia Pauli Jensen. Papers have been published in JRMES 17 in 2016.

ROMEC XVIIII

St Andrews (UK), 9–14th June 2016. Organised by Dr J C N Coulston with the theme of Cavalry in the Roman World. Theme papers to be published in JRMES 19 in 2018, other papers in JRMES 18 in 2017 and JRMES 20 in 2019.

The next ROMEC

ROMEC XX will be held in Köln (DE) in 2019 and the theme will be ‘Deposition’. Further details will be available on a conference website in due course.

The organising committee

The organisational structure of ROMEC is currently under review.