New citizen first steps

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The purpose of this article is to give new citizens some ideas for starting their Nova Roma experience.


Mailing Lists

First of all, you might want to subscribe to a couple of email lists.

The "Main List
A high-volume list, but right now it's the best way to get in touch with your fellow Nova Romans, unless you're lucky enough to live in a place where there's a local community.
The "New Roman" list  
Some experienced citizens are waiting to answer questions and help you get oriented in this moderated low-traffic list.
The "Announcement" list 
Contains official announcements; calls to vote, results of elections, magisterial edicts, etc. If you still want to have an ear to the ground to find out what's going on, but don't have the time to devote to a high-volume list, this list would be perfect for you.

The province you live in should also have a mailing list (most do); you might want to subscribe to that too.

There are also dozens of specialized email lists for everything from the Religio Romana (Roman paganism) to Roman cooking.

Local Events and Groups

Get in touch with people in your area. Have some face-to-face interaction with other citizens.

Clubs (Sodalitates)

Are you interested in a special aspect of Roman life? Something about ancient Rome tickle your fancy? Perhaps one of the sodalitates matches your interest.


The basic right-- some would say obligation-- of all Nova Roman cives. Learn about our voting procedures and your role in the voting process. You want to be involved? Vote.

The Ordo Equester

Are you able to make some sort of Roman-themed craft? Do you know how to sew? Have you been making caligae in your basement for 20 years and now you want to sell some of them? You can set up shop as a member of the Ordo Equester and help Nova Roma's treasury while turning a profit for yourself at the same time!


Running for public office is yet another way to contribute to Nova Roma. There is an explanation of what the various magistracies to help you figure out what you might find interesting.

Essential Latin

You'll find that the conversation in Nova Roma's various fora is peppered with Latin phrases. Here are a few quick-and-dirty lessons in "essential Latin" that might make things easier to comprehend for those who never took Latin in school:

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