Roman tombstone of Claudia Martina
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Roman tombstone of Claudia Martina. Hexagonal column with one face inscribed and with a dowel hole on top. A head, perhaps of the tombstone's statue, was found with the tombstone. The front is Inscribed D(IS) M(ANIBUS)/ CL(AUDIAE) MARTI/ NAE AN(NORUM) XIX/ANENCLE/ TUS/ PROVINC(IALIS)/ CONIVGI/ PIENTISSMAE/ H(IC) S(ITA) E(ST). 'To the spirits of the departed and to Claudia Martina, aged 19; Anencletus, slave of the province set this up to his most devoted wife; she lies here.' This may indicate that Anencletus served the provincial council in London responsible for maintaining the state religion of Emperor worship. Slavery was vital to the functioning of the Roman Empire. Britain exported large numbers of slaves to other provinces while foreign slaves were brought to Britain. It is unusual for Claudia as a Roman citizen to be married to a slave.
150 AD - 200 AD