Inscribed tombstone

Record number: CHEGM: 1999 6 53

Object name: inscribed tombstone

Description: Tombstone of Legion XX Valeria Victrix. Tombstone of cream-coloured sandstone and cubical in shape, intentionally broken into three fragments and vertically split. The right side is panelled and shows that part of the back has been cut away; the left side has been cut away. The lettering is much worn, especially at the beginning.

Period: Roman3rd century

Place found: North Wall (West), Chester

Date: 3.1891

Material: stone

Dimensions: height 32 inches; width 19 inches; depth 9 inches

Inscription: COCC / IRENE / CONIUGI / CASTIS[S]IMAE / [E]T SANCTIS / [S]IMAE VIX / AN XX M / G VAL IV[S]TVS / ACTAR[I]VS / LEG XX P[OS]UIT
Cocc[eiae ?] Irene[...] coniugi castis[s]imae [e]t sanctis[s]imae: vix(it) an(nos) xx[...] m(enses) .. G(aius) Val(erius) Iu[s]tus actar[i]us leg(ionis) XX p[os]uit
To Cocceia Irene, his most chaste and pure wife, who died at the age of 20(?) years and ... months, Gaius Valerius Justus, Clerk in the Twentieth Legion, set this up.
This muse be a third-century tombstone, since the dedicator, a serving soldier, is married. Latin


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