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Tombstone of Marcus Favonius Facilis

Tombstone of Marcus Favonius Facilis (Colchester)

The tombstone of Marcus Favonius Facilis is the earliest Roman sculpture from Britain.

 

Who was Marcus?

Marcus was a centurion serving in the Twentieth Legion based at Colchester. He died a few years after the invasion of Britain and was buried in a cemetery located alongside the main road to London. The style of sculpture represented by the tombstone developed in the Rhineland area of Germany where the Twentieth Legion had been previously based.

 

Tombstone inscription

The inscription on his tombstone reads:

Marcus Favonius Facilis, son of Marcus, of the Pollina tribe. Centurion of the 20th legion. Verecundus and Novicus, his freedmen, set up. Here he lies

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