Roman tombstone statue of a Roman soldier

 
Roman tombstone statue of a Roman soldier
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

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Tombstone statue of a soldier with 'civil-service' attributes. This tombstone is the earliest known depiction of a Londoner and was found in Camomile Street in the City. The Roman soldier commemorated wears a cloak and tunic, has short hair and carries a sword. In his left hand he holds a scroll and six writing tablets which indicate that he had clerical duties. There is evidence that many soldiers worked for the military administration in London during the Roman period. All Roman army staff at this time would have come from outside Britain. This tombstone resembles Roman military tombstones found in the Rhineland. This soldier's tombstone was uncovered in 19th century in Camomile Street, City of London.

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