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17 January 2024

I had a dream... - the dedication of an eques of the ala I Dardanorum in the surroundings of Troesmis and the problem of rural settlements in Northern Moesia Inferior

Journal of Ancient History and Archeology
I had a dream... - the dedication of an eques of the ala I Dardanorum in the surroundings of Troesmis and the problem of rural settlements in Northern Moesia Inferior

Within the framework of multidisciplinary investigations, under the ongoing Troesmis-project the basic topographic features of the Roman, Late Roman and Byzantine settlement of Troesmis (Turcoaia, Tulcea County, RO) were clarified. The decisive result was the localisation of the approximately 16 ha legionary camp and the approximately 30-35 ha civilian settlement around it. It was possible not only to postulate the boundaries of the ancient settlement, but also to register for the first time numerous new sites in the surroundings. The central settlement of Troesmis is embedded in a dense network of roads and rural settlement sites of different types. Additionally, for older accidental finds of stone monuments (inscriptions, sculpture etc.) it was possible to recover, at least at hypothetical level, the initial context of display and to correlate the archaeological data with the epigraphical evidence. This paper presents the case of the votive altar ISM V 218, dedicated, following a dream, to the divine power of Liber Pater by M. Antistius Caecina, eques of ala I Dardanorum Antoniniana. Its provenance also provides the opportunity for short comments on the Roman rural estates and settlements in the Northern Moesia Inferior.  

Source: Alexandrescu C.G. (2021). I had a dream... - the dedication of an eques of the ala I Dardanorum in the surroundings of Troesmis and the problem of rural settlements in Northern Moesia Inferior. Journal of Ancient History and Archeology. 8(4): 10-18

Source web-site: http://jaha.org.ro/index.php/JAHA/article/view/689

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