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Salve mi amice (Welcome, my friend)!

So, you are now our Newest Citizen of New Rome!

Welcome to Nova Roma!

Now that you are a Civis of Nova Roma, you may be asking yourself, "Now what do I do?" There are many things to do, and you will find them in time. However, you should do the following immediately:

  • Join the Main List, which is our online Forum Romanum, where you can learn what is going on in the Res Publica. You should introduce yourself and announce to everyone that you just became a New Citizen!

  • Go to the Provincial Directory Page and determine what province you are in and who your Provincial Governor is, then send him/her an email of introduction. If you are interested in helping out in your province, inform your Governor of your interest. He/She may have an opening for you, or may be able to point you in the right direction for a job in the Res publica. If your province has no current Governor, then ask on the Main List, and someone will be able to help you.

  • Explore the sections and links on the Main Page and the information in the Our Society and On Being Roman sections listed below.

  • Go to the Album civium (Roll of Citizens) and search for your name. This should bring up your Res Publica page, listing your citizenship information. You can let everyone know what racing faction you belong to, what your contact information is, and what special intrest groups you belong to. This page will also tell you about your public service record, the Tribe and Century you belong to, and your total Census Points earned. DO NOT create a Bio page for yourself. You can do it, but it will be erased by the WikiPraetorians, as Bio Pages are reserved for those who have served in Public Office as part of the Cursus Honorum.

Our Society

Novi Romani at the Ludi Romani in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Here are some ideas for starting your Nova Roma experience.

Mailing Lists

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

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.

Local Events and Groups

Get in touch with people in your area. Have some face-to-face interaction with other citizens. If there are no citizens in your local area, and you have some friends with similar interests, contact your Provincia Governor and inquire about setting up a Local Group in your area.

On Being Roman

These are some things you need to know:

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:


The basic right-- some would say obligation-- of all Nova Roman cives. Learn about our voting procedure and your role in the voting process. You want to be involved? Vote. To the Roman, it is a Responsibility, not a Right.

The Ordo Equester

Roman Caligae (Boot) Pattern

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!


Most magistrates appoint assistants (called scribae) to assist with their duties. If you contact a magistrate and offer your service as a scriba you will almost certainly be given a job that will help you learn more about Nova Roma and Roma Antiqua.

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

This should give you enough information to get you started! Live well, may the gods be with you, and have fun in the Res publica!

Vale optime (a best farewell),

The Censors

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