Season Three of Ancient Rome Refocused

Roman19/21/2013 – Today I had the good fortune to interview Gunny Sgt. ”Red” Millis USMC (ret).  He will be featured in the next episode of Ancient Rome Refocused.  What is a Marine doing on a podcast about Ancient Rome?  Well, he was the SME (subject matter expert) interviewed by James Erwin who wrote a popular story on the social media site REDIT that got a lot of media attention.  Red will provide us with insight on the Erwin’s premise (which got bought by a movie company) of whether or not a modern U.S. Marine battalion could wipe out the entire Roman Empire.  The title of Erwin’s story is called “Rome, Sweet Rome.”  Google it.  Red stands in two worlds.  He is steeped in the Marine Corps Culture and has expanded his knowledge and vocabulary into the Roman world.  He is a self taught professor (if he isn’t a professor he should be) of Roman ‘veteres militia.’  

Red making a presentation.  Living History means stepping into the shoes of the past...literally.  You can write about what it means to carry a gladius, but you know what it means to carry a gladius when you march with it for 20 miles.  This is hardcore history at its finest.

Red making a presentation. Living History means stepping into the shoes of the past…literally. You can write about what it means to carry a gladius, but you know what it means to carry a gladius when you march with it for 20 miles. This is hardcore history at its finest.

Red is just the person to talk about this subject, and provided a detailed study of the assets and capabilities of the Marines while comparing it to the Romans.  He is a Marine historian, ran a USMC museum, and is an amateur Roman historian that cofounded a ‘living history’ museum that operates a Roman Castra (fort) and Celt village.  This event (titled CLASH OF IRON) is a hardcore event not for tourists, but only for those that want to experience immersion into the time period and life style – “prepare to march and eat a lot of bread.”  In other words to join in you are putting on a uniform, becoming a Celt, or taking on the attire of a civilian of the time (If I attended…storyteller…definitely storyteller.  Large hat, scroll, cape, long beard…I can see it now).   Don’t miss Red’s interview on the podcast.  He has a way of using the right words, the right descriptions, to make understanding the time and context easier.

In cooperation with the State of Arkansas, Red will soon be podcasting on the history of the Marine Corps.  You have to check him out.  I will place a link on this blog site when its up and running. Here is a link to the Marine Corps Museum: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=4173

Prepare for the next episode of Ancient Rome Refocused, Season Three, Episode 13.

Working title?

“My Marines can beat your legio any day of the week.”

Comments

  • Willam Glover · September 23, 2013 · 10:05 am

    I look foreward to this it’s one of the big “what if ‘s ” I can see some wildcards that might pop up along the. But that’s the fun of antisapation.

  • Gunny Red Millis · September 24, 2013 · 10:27 am

    William, this was actually a very thought provoking and fun project.

    I am indebted to Rob for the opportunity to get my musings out there on it as it was one which I had put a HUGE amount of thought into now for several years – as soon as I became aware of Mr Erwin’s concept/project.

    As I had indicated to Rob, its is NOT by any chance a “given” as to which side would win. Rather it, (victory) fully depends on a stack of variables that were discussed in the pod cast interview and the documentation I forwarded to Rob.

    The “post” pod cast discussions are certainly going to be lively and interesting I would think!

    W/out making a “spoiler” type comment, the range of variables are MUCH wider than most folks even begin to consider casually!

    We will just have to wait, (w/bated breath) for the pod cast to be released. Then, to quote the Immortal Bard, “…Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war…”

    Semper Fidelis & Ave Roma!
    Red Millis, GySgt USMC (ret)

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