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Tombstone of centurion who was in army for 61 years

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Tombstone of centurion who was in army for 61 years
Tombstone of centurion who was in army for 61 years | Photo: © Budapest - Aquincumi Múzeum, Foto: Ortolf Harl 2006

In today’s Hungary, in Aquincum (today’s Budapest), a tombstone inscription of an officer named Aelius Silvanus, who was a centurion of the legion II Adiutrix, was discovered. This legion was founded by Vespasian in 70 CE.

The epitaph says that Silvanus came from the province of Syria-Palaestina, more specifically the colony of Aelia Capitolina. Interestingly, the man spent a total of 61 years in the army and died at the age of 86. This artefact proves that there were Roman soldiers who tied their entire lives to the army.

The tomb was funded by his daughter Aelia Silvana, who was the heir to the estate. The object is dated to the 2nd century CE.

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