Archive for February 20, 2014

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This is the tombstone of Cornelia Optata. She was only 13 years old when she died. This tombstone was set up by her distraught father. We can gain some insight into his distress in the inscription ‘following the brief light of life, sire of an innocent daughter, I, a pitiable victim of unfair hope, bewail her final end’

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The tombstone of Simplicia Florentina, a 10-month-old daughter of a Roman soldier serving in the garrison at York

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The tombstone of Lucius Duccius Rufinus, a 28-year-old soldier from France. He held the honoured position of standard-bearer of the ninth Legion.

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The tombstone of Aelia Aeliana. This tombstone is rather unusual as it is rare or such to display a scene of love and tenderness between a couple.

These examples can all be seen in the Museum of Yorkshire.