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Bremetennacum [Nov. 13th, 2011|10:45 am]
Tony Grist
The fort at Ribchester (Bremetennacum) was garrisoned by Asturians (from northern Spain) and later by Sarmatians (from modern Hungary).  These were cavalry units (and I'm guessing the ethos- out on the frontiers of Empire- must have been comparable to that of the Wild West forts in John Ford's cavalry movies). Later it became a settlement for veterans- and the local administrative centre.  Judging by some of the carved stone on display it must- in its later phases- have been quite a swanky place.

According to a tradition first recorded in the 16th century, "It was written on a wall in Rome that Ribchester is as rich as any town in Christendom."

This is the museum's most spectacular possession- the gravestone of an Asturian cavalryman. 

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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2011-11-13 03:02 pm (UTC)
Having seen a good bit of Astur (in Asturias) art here in Spain I can say that this piece is excellent. And it's a gravestone? What a wonderful memorial.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-11-13 05:04 pm (UTC)
It's fine, isn't it! Roman cavalrymen were commonly shown on their gravestones riding down the enemy. I've seen quite a few- but this is one of the best preserved.
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[User Picture]From: shanghai7
2011-11-13 04:40 pm (UTC)
Romans did what the British did 2000 years later, moved ethnic units to the other side of the Empire. Nubians/Sudanese did not care less about punishing Celts and vice versa. Paddy and Jock did not care about starving Indians and Bengalis.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-11-13 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yup, the strategies of Empire remain the same.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2011-11-14 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, he is very splendid.
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2011-11-21 07:55 pm (UTC)
One of our lecturers always used to comment that he found it amusing that the naked barbarian is always cowering beneath the hooves - while it's the Roman soldier who actually came off worst in the battle...
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