Inscribed tombstone

Record number: CHEGM: 1999 6 47

Object name: inscribed tombstone

Description: Tombstone of Legion XX Valeria Victrix. Tombstone with bevelled border, broken into three fragments; part of the left margin has been chiselled away.

Period: Roman

Place found: North Wall (West), Chester

Date: 5.1891

Material: stone

Dimensions: height 28 inches; width 50 inches

Inscription: G LOVESIVS PAPIR / CADARVS EMERITA MIL / LEG XX VV AN XXV STIP IIX / FRONTINVS AQVILO H F C
G(aius) Lovesius Papir(ia tribu) Cadarus Emerita, mil(es) leg(ionis) XX V(aleriae) V(ictricis) an(norum) xxv stip(endiorum) iix / Frontinius Aquilo h(eres) f(aciendum) c(uravit)
Gaius Lovesius Cadarus, of the Papirian voting-tribe, from Emerita, soldier in the Twentieth Legion, Valeria Victrix, aged 25, served 8 years. Frontinius Aquilp, his heir, had this set up.
Emerita was a colonia in Lusitania, now Merida in south-western Spain. Lovesius and Cadarus both appear to be Spanish names. Latin


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