Legio VII Claudia at Potaissa

Cercetări Arheologice 29.1, 2022, 57-62
https://doi.org/10.46535/ca.29.1.03



Legio VII Claudia at Potaissa


Authors: Sorin Nemeti Paul Chiorean

Keywords:

legio VII Claudia, vexillatio, Potaissa, brick stamps, Caracalla

Abstract:

The paper tackles with the inscription from Potaissa (ILD I 499) which have risen an entire discussion about the presence of the legion VII Gemina at Potaissa, in the context in which the stamps of this legion are known in large numbers from the fortress of Porolissum. Only P. Le Roux struck a discordant note, reading in line 2 the name of the legion VII Claudia. In the storage space of the Turda History Museum there is additional evidence of the presence of a vexillation of the Legio VII Claudia in the fortress of Potaissa. These are two lydion bricks with this legion’s stamp (MIT inv. nos. 327, 884). The second lydion brick, fragmentary, comes from investigations in the fortress carried out by I. Țigăra in 1950-1952, in the same area where the altar ILD I 499 was discovered. Thanks to the epithets pia constans and the use of the term commanipulares we consider that the inscription from Potaissa ILD I 499 must be dated at the earliest at the time of Caracalla A possible moment would be at the beginning of Caracalla’s eastern expeditio, probably in the first half of 214 when he inspected the fortresses and forts on the Danube.

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How to cite: Sorin Nemeti, Paul Chiorean, Legio VII Claudia at Potaissa, Cercetări Arheologice, Vol. 29.1, pag. 57-62, 2022, doi: https://doi.org/10.46535/ca.29.1.03


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