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Nova Roma is an international Roman revivalist and reconstructionist
Roman polytheistic reconstructionism
Roman polytheistic reconstructionism, also known as Cultus Deorum Romanorum , Religio Romana or Romano-Italic Tradition, is the contemporary movement which reconstructs or revives the traditional Roman and Italic religious cults.-Practices:Roman polytheistic reconstructionism is a revived...

An organization is a social group which distributes tasks for a collective goal. The word itself is derived from the Greek word organon, itself derived from the better-known word ergon - as we know `organ` - and it means a compartment for a particular job.There are a variety of legal types of...

 created in 1998 (or MMDCCLI AUC by the Roman calendar
Roman calendar
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) by Joseph Bloch and William Bradford, later incorporated in Maine
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 as a non-profit organization
Non-profit organization
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 with an educational and religious mission. Nova Roma claims to promote "the restoration of classical Roman religion, culture, and virtues"
and "shared Roman ideals".

Reported to provide a good online source of information about ancient Roman costuming and reenactment guidelines, Nova Roma aims to be more than a community of reenactors or history study group. Most of the publications that mention Nova Roma focus on its Roman religious reconstructionism, but it's hard to put Nova Roma into any definite category. Because it has a structure based on the ancient Roman Republic
Roman Republic
The Roman Republic was the period of the ancient Roman civilization where the government operated as a republic. It began with the overthrow of the Roman monarchy, traditionally dated around 508 BC, and its replacement by a government headed by two consuls, elected annually by the citizens and...

, with a Senate, magistrates and laws enacted by vote of Comitia, and with its own coinage, and because the Nova Roma Wiki states that the group self-identifies as a "sovereign nation", most outside observers classify it as a micronation
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Roman religion

Nova Roma has adopted the ancient Roman religion as its state cult
State religion
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, but also maintains the freedom of religion
Freedom of religion
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 of its citizens. Both the domestic religious traditions and the so-called state religion (sacra publica) are represented in the practices of Nova Roma, including the restoration of the ancient priestly collegia, and the honoring of the full cycle of Roman holidays throughout the year.

Live events

Nova Roman citizens participate in such events as the Festival of Ancient Heritage in Svishtov, Bulgaria
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, now-defunct Roman Market Day in Wells Harbor Park, Maine
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 and Forum Fulvii in Italy
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, Ludi Savarienses Historical Carnival or the Aquincum Floralia Spring Festival in Hungary
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Cultural competitions and games

Among the cultural activities of Nova Roma, competitions and games honoring various Roman festivals have an important place. They can include a wide range of various programs from humorous online games up to serious art competitions like the Certamen Petronianum, a literary contest of historical novel writing, where the jury was composed of notabilities including world-famous novelist Dr. Colleen McCullough
Colleen McCullough
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, author of many Roman themed best-selling novels, and Prof. Dr. T. P. Wiseman, university professor of Roman history and former vice-president of the British Academy
British Academy
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