Season Three of Ancient Rome Refocused
9/21/2013 – 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 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.
“My Marines can beat your legio any day of the week.”