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South Shields vicus, Roman tombstone of Regina

South Shields


Religious Ritual and Funerary





Tombstone, 28 inches x 44 inches, found in 1878 south of Bath Street. Now in 4 pieces. In a gabled niche the deceased sits in a wicker chair. She is wearing a long-sleeved robe over her tunic, a necklace and bracelets. On her lap she holds a distaff and spindle, at her left side is her work-basket, at her right her jewellry box. Her face has been hacked off. Its inscription reads: D(is) M(anibus) Regina liberta et coniuge / Barates Palmyrenus natione / Catuallauna an(norum) XXX; To the spirits of the departed (and to) Regina, his freedwoman and wife, a Catuvellaunian by tribe, aged 30, Barates of Palmyra (set this up).




<< HER 898 >> JC. Bruce, 1885, On the recent discoveries in the Roman Camp on the Lawe... Archaeologia Aeliana, 2, X, 238-43 T. Hodgkin, 1901, On a Palmyrene Inscription illustrating the epitaph of Regina.... Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle, 2, IX (for 1899-1900), 158-60 D. Smith, 1959, A Palmyrene Sculptor at South Shields? Archaeologia Aeliana, 4, XXXVII, 203-10 R.G. Collingwood & R.P. Wright, 1965, The Roman Inscriptions of Britain, 1065 E.J. Phillips, 1977, Great Britain, Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani, Vol. I Fasc. I no. 247 P.T. Bidwell, 1988, The Civilian Settlement...of the Roman Fort at South Shields, No. 14

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