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Dedication of the 20th Legion at High Rochester (RIB 1284)

This 3rd century AD dedication plaque found at High Rochester (Roman Bremenium) in northern England is flanked by relief carvings. At left Mars, the Roman war god, brandishes a spear, while at right the mythological hero Hercules holds his club. At bottom is a running boar, symbol of the 20th Legion.

The inscription (with typical abbreviations) reads as follows: "A detachment [Vexillation] of the Twentieth legion Valeria Victrix built this."

[Fig.1: High Rochester (RIB 1284; Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle-upon-Tyne).]

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