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Donative Stones, Grave Stones, Victory Monuments

A donative stone to the godess Diana, by Titus Aurelius Cassianus, praefect of the Legio IIII Scythica, and the Legio XIIII Gemina, his wife Lucilla, and their children. Together with military diploma, these donative stones are our most important sources of soldier`s careers and the movement of military units.

Signifer's gravestones from Bonn (left) and Mainz (right)

This impressive stone is now in the Bonn Museum. The text reads:

"To Marcus Caelius, son of Titus, of the Lemonian voting tribe, from Bologna, a centurion in the First Order of legio XVIII,
aged 53; He fell in the Varian War. His bones - if found - may be placed in this monument. Publius Caelius, son of Titus, of the Lemonian voting
 tribe, his brother, set this up."

Gravestones of cavalry soldiers in full attack

The Mithras Cult was a favourite of the Roman soldier (Köln Museum)

Other military monuments to celebrate the force of the Roman military:
  Louvre, Paris

Augsburg Gänsbühl Victory Monument, commemorating the defeat of Germanic raiders of the Juthungen tribe (a Suebian tribe) by the governor of Raetia Marcus Simplicinius Genialis, under the rule of the Gallic emperor Postumus, 11. September 260 AD, (both names were erased after Raetia came back under central Roman rule, Augsburg Museum

Another Victory from the Augsburg Museum

Gravestone of a Roman soldier and his wife, note the belt detail, Augsbrug Museum


Related Sections of the Roman Numismatic Gallery:

The  Location of Roman Legions from Caesar to ca. 300 AD is summarized in a table.
Military Equipment, and Military Diploma
Roman Legionary Bricks
Countermarks of roman legions on coins are shown in the Legionary Countermark section.
Coins making reference to roman legions are to be found in the Legionary Coin section.
Wars and Victories on Roman coins.
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