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Ancient tombstone of gladiator named Quinto Sossio Albo

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Ancient tombstone of gladiator named Quinto Sossio Albo
Ancient tombstone of gladiator named Quinto Sossio Albo

An ancient tombstone of a gladiator named Quinto Sossio Albo. The man was born in Aquileia and fought in the arena as a murmillo. The man was depicted on a stone with a full three-part name and not just a nickname, proving that he was an auctoratus, a free person who voluntarily agreed to fight in the arena in exchange for fame and money.

There is an inscription on the stele: D(is) M(anibus) // Q(uinti) Sossi / Albi / myrmillonis / Sossia Iusta / lib(erta) patron(o) / bene merenti talks about the deceased.

The tombstone was erected for Quinto by his freedwoman Albo Sossia Iusta. This proves that the man must have been wealthy and was probably successful in the arena. It is worth mentioning that often the decision of the citizen to go to the arena of the amphitheatre resulted from the debts he fell into.

The object is dated to the 2nd century CE; is located in the National Archaeological Museum of Aquileia.

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