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Roman tombstone showing Marcus Favonius Facilis

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Roman tombstone showing Marcus Favonius Facilis
Roman tombstone showing Marcus Favonius Facilis | Photo: Jane Franklin

Roman tombstone showing Marcus Favonius Facilis of the 20th Legion. The stone used to create the tombstone was imported from France, and the man’s memorial site was commissioned by Mark’s freed slaves. Marcus Favonius Facilis was a young centurion and was depicted with a cloak and the famous rod (vitis), which was a sign of function and an instrument of punishment.

According to researchers, Facilis probably served in Britain in 43 CE and took part in Claudius’ invasion. The object dates back to 50-60 CE.

The gravestone was discovered in Colchester (England). His tomb was destroyed in 60-61 CE when Queen Boudica destroyed Colchester. Burial included ashes placed in a lead vessel; a glass vessel and a ceramic cup were also placed in the tomb.

The artifact is in the Colchester and Ipswich Museums.

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