Inscribed tombstone

Record number: CHEGM: 1999 6 79

Object name: inscribed tombstone

Description: Tombstone with a moulded border; the gable top and lower left corner have broken off.

Period: Roman

Place found: North Wall (West), Chester

Date: 4.1891

Material: stone

Dimensions: height 35 inches; width 26 inches

Inscription: D M / G IVL / MARVL / LINI B / F TRIB / VNI VIXIT / ANNIS XXXXV / H F C
D(is) M(anibus) G(ai) Iul(i) Marullini b(ene)f(iciari) tribuni vixit annis xxxxv H(eres) f(aciendum) c(uravit)
To the departed spirits of Gaius Julius Marullinus, seconded to special duty by a military tribune: he lived 45 years; his heir had this set up.
Some soldiers were assigned to special duties, usually connected with army administration. These men were known as beneficiarii. This is the tombstone of a beneficiarius. A beneficiarius received more pay than an ordinary soldier. He took his official title from the rank of the person he worked for - in this instance a tribunus, one of the six senior officers who ranked immediately below the commander. Latin


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