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Gravestone of a Cavalryman 

Gravestone of a Cavalryman - - Roman Baths (Bath)

This Gravestone of a Cavalryman shows a cavalryman riding down an enemy. This was a traditional theme with gravestones pf cavalrymen in the 1st century AD. The first Romans to come to Bath were soldiers of the empire and there are numerous Roman inscribed tombstones and altars discovered around the Roman Baths.

The first shrine at the site of the hot springs at Bath was built by Celts and was dedicated to the goddess Sulis, whom the Romans identified with Minerva. The name Sulis continued to be used after the Roman invasion, leading to the town’s Roman name of Aquae Sulis “the waters of Sulis”. The temple was constructed in 60–70 AD and the bathing complex was gradually built up over the next 300 years.

Essential Facts:

  • Title:                      Gravestone of a Cavalryman
  • Medium:               Stone
  • Date:                      1 AD – 100 AD
  • Museum:              Roman Baths Museum


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