Sunday, January 15, 2006


In the middle of writing reviews for three very interesting books, I just have to share this Latin tidbit from Insular Inscriptions, by David Howlett. (A lot more interesting than its title.)

The following comes from the first century A.D., from the very beginning of the Roman occupation of Britain, and is found on the remains of a tombstone in Wroxeter (formerly Viroconium Cornouiorum):

Titus Flaminius Titi filius Pollia faventia
Annorum XXXXV Stipendiorum XXII
Miles legionis XIIII Geminae militavi aquilifer nunc hic sum.
Vivite dum sidus vitae dat tempus honeste.

Titus Flaminius, son of Titus, from the Pollian (tribe) of Faventia
Aged 45, (earning) a stipend of 22
A soldier of the 14th Legion, Gemina, I soldiered as a standard-bearer, now here I am.
Live honourably while the star of life grants time.

Well, even if he was a soldier of an invading army, he sounds like a good man. So let's take his advice and live honourably while the star of our life grants us time to do so.

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