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South Shields vicus, Roman tombstone

South Shields


Religious Ritual and Funerary





Tombstone, 23 inches x 40 inches, found in two pieces - the gable in Cleveland Street, the rest in 1885 about 100 yards away at the junction of James Mather Street and Cleveland Street. Beneath a pediment the deceased, in tunic and long robe, reclines on a couch, and holds in his right hand a bunch of leaves, in his left a cup. Below the couch a boy stands, holding up a cup. Its inscription reads: D(is) M(anibus) Victoris natione Maurum / ((a))nnorum XX libertus Numeriani / ((e))q(u)itis ala(e) I Asturum qui / piantissime pr((ose))qu((u))tus est; To the spirits of the departed (and) of Victor, a Moorish tribesman, aged 20, freeman of Numerianus, trooper of the First Cavalry Regiment of Asturians, who most devotedly conducted him to the tomb.




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