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Ancient Roman Navy Soldier Surfaces
Archeobo ^ | 10-23-2005

Posted on 10/23/2005 4:42:46 PM PDT by blam

Ancient roman navy soldier surfaces

Ravenna Classe site yields his first-ever image of imperial officer

The first-ever image of a soldier in the Ancient Roman navy has surfaced on 17th September 2005 at the major imperial naval base at Ravenna Classe. The armour-clad, weapon-bearing soldier was carved on a funeral stone, or stele, in a waterlogged necropolis at Classe ('Classis' in Latin means Fleet), the now silted-up Ravenna port area where Rome's Adriatic fleet was stationed. Previous finds at the site have only shown people in civilian garb (toga). An inscription on the soldier's funeral slab says he was an officer (optio) on a small, fast oar-powered ship (liburna) used to catch pirates. Although the stele is small -about one metre (yard) long- the detail of the carving is intricate. The soldier has the bowl haircut and delicate, child-like features typical of carvings from the 1st-century AD Julio-Claudian era.

He wears anatomically shaped body armour with shoulder strips and a leather-fringed military skirt, above the light but tough military sandals called "caligae". He is carrying a heavy javelin (pilum) and has a short stabbing sword called "gladius" on his decorated belt. Over his armour there is a band which could be a military decoration. Part of the inscription is missing, but we can read the soldier's name Mon(?)us (?) Capito -may be Moniatus or Monietus Capito-, the name of his ship -called 'Aurata' that means Golden- and the name of the man who put up (and paid) the stele, probably a fellow soldier, named Cocneus. The stele was found in three metres of water by divers helping archaeologists trace a large tunnel from the late Imperial times. The stone had been taken from the burial ground and used to prop up part of the tunnel that had collapsed. The find would have pride of place in a Museum of Archaeology being set up at Classe.


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KEYWORDS: ancient; ancientrome; godsgravesglyphs; navy; roman; romanempire; soldier; surfaces

1 posted on 10/23/2005 4:42:47 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 10/23/2005 4:43:21 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Cool!!


3 posted on 10/23/2005 4:46:01 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: blam

Impressive!


4 posted on 10/23/2005 4:46:02 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: blam

Aren't navy soldiers ordinarily referred to as sailors?


5 posted on 10/23/2005 4:47:12 PM PDT by AntiGuv (™)
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To: blam

Very interesting find!


6 posted on 10/23/2005 4:49:46 PM PDT by Wormwood (Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!)
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To: AntiGuv

Or Marines ... expected to fight on sea or land, but not to be involved in sailing the ship.


7 posted on 10/23/2005 4:50:30 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Neither the depth of despondency nor the height of euphoria tells you how long either will last. ")
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To: AntiGuv

That's a marine!


8 posted on 10/23/2005 5:02:18 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos; Tax-chick

Good point! What was I thinking?


9 posted on 10/23/2005 5:11:25 PM PDT by AntiGuv (™)
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To: blam

Pretty little dude.


10 posted on 10/23/2005 5:16:02 PM PDT by Wu (Excuse me while I kiss the sky......)
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11 posted on 10/23/2005 5:37:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Sunday, August 14, 2005.)
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To: blam
a soldier in the Ancient Roman navy

It's a early Marine, dude!! Semper fidelis!!!


12 posted on 10/23/2005 5:48:49 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: blam

Did anyone check to see if his head was threaded, so he could screw on his jar lid?

(former squid)


13 posted on 10/23/2005 5:52:03 PM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wouldn't that likely be"

CAPITO OPT(IO) DE LIBURNA

Big Head Officer (Captain!) during the Galley Aurata something....


14 posted on 10/23/2005 5:52:41 PM PDT by Wisconsin
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To: blam

I think I know where Ross Perot got his ears from now.


15 posted on 10/23/2005 6:43:57 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: blam

Wow! Hobbits in the Navy!


16 posted on 10/23/2005 6:50:47 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: blam

Hmmm' child like features, on a ship, in armor--got to be a Marine. Now we know where Uncle Sam's Misguided Children came from.


17 posted on 10/23/2005 7:11:33 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (LET ME KNOW WHERE HANOI JANE FONDA IS WHEN SHE TOURS)
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To: blam

Is that Pippen, or Merry? My money says it's that "Fool of a Took".

18 posted on 10/23/2005 7:15:21 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Mohamophages of the world, unite!)
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To: blam

Appears the dude had swollen ankles, perhaps a symptom of poor circulation or congestive heart failure? A modern doctor would put him on water pills.


19 posted on 10/23/2005 7:21:19 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Cool!!

Groovy, too!!

20 posted on 10/23/2005 7:27:13 PM PDT by judgeandjury
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To: U S Army EOD

If it absolutely has to be destroyed overnight, call in the Marines.


21 posted on 10/23/2005 7:41:49 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: wildbill

If it can be sold at a profit on the black market, call your local EOD detachment.


22 posted on 10/23/2005 8:02:24 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (LET ME KNOW WHERE HANOI JANE FONDA IS WHEN SHE TOURS)
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To: blam

Ravenna was the Western capital for hundreds of years and was also the capital of the Ostrogothic kingdom and of Byzantine Italy. It's got an awesome history. I didn't get to see it last time I was in Italy. Next time, it's on the itinerary for sure.


23 posted on 10/23/2005 8:27:13 PM PDT by Antoninus (The greatest gifts parents can give their children are siblings.)
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To: AntiGuv

Marines!


24 posted on 10/23/2005 8:55:22 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Wisconsin

There were a lot of Latin abbrev, right on into eccles Latin. :')


25 posted on 10/23/2005 9:01:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated my FR profile on Sunday, August 14, 2005.)
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To: blam

Neat!!


26 posted on 10/23/2005 11:38:37 PM PDT by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: Tax-chick
The Romans may not have followed our distinctions between Sailor, Marine, and Soldier. It's possible that the Romans equiped their naval officers with the same gear they used for their land soldiers and it's also possible that they were all simply warriors for Rome without any particular service distinction between land and sea branches.
27 posted on 10/24/2005 8:10:57 AM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Question_Assumptions

That's true. On the other hand, the text said that the ship was a pirate hunter, so it would make sense for it to carry a contingent of soldiers (what we would call Marines) strictly for the purpose of fighting, while the competent personnel handled the ship.


28 posted on 10/24/2005 5:07:06 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Neither the depth of despondency nor the height of euphoria tells you how long either will last. ")
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To: ApplegateRanch
Is that Pippen, or Merry?

Merry. He has to be a Brandybuck, what with being comfortable around boats and all.

29 posted on 10/24/2005 5:12:05 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: blam

The image looks so much like a child. Did they conscript men into the army when they were still children and this one died while still a child? They would certainly be well trained if they were trained from childhood.


30 posted on 10/24/2005 11:13:10 PM PDT by Bellflower (A new day is Coming!)
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