T(iti) f(ilius) Pol(lia)
|5||miles coh(ortis) IIII pr(aetoriae)|
milit(avit) ann(is) XVII,
vixit ann(is) XXXVI.
Sextus Gracchius Fronto, son of Titus, of Pollia tribe, from Faventia, soldier of the 4th praetorian cohort, of Gallus’ century, served for 17 years, lived for 36 years. He rests here secure.
The funerary steles are dedicated to soldiers of different corps stationed in Rome: the Praetorian Guard «the imperial guard», and the urbaniciani or cohortes urbanae, troops of the police force. The series ends with the steles of Nero’s Imperial German Bodyguard — Germani corporis custodes, — who were so called because they were originally recruited from the robust northern populations. Slaves at the time of Augustus, during the Neronian period the custodes were classed as free foreigners, with a military-style organisation bul without ever attaining the status of a real military force.
Involved in the death of Nero, they were dissolved by Galba.
Travertine, from various areas of Rome and suburbs and the Via Portuensis. Neronian period (54—
Épitaphe mentionnée, pour l’indication de la tribu, par A. Donati, Aemilia tributim discripta (voir infra, Italie, reg. VIII) et publiée déjà par Susini, dans Not. Scavi, 1961, p. 14.
Sex(tus) Gracch[ius] | T(iti) f(ilius) Pol(lia) | Fronto | Fauentia, | miles coh(ortis) (quartae) pr(aetoriae) | (centuria) Galli | milit(auit) ann(os) (septemdecim) | uixit ann(os) (triginta sex). | Hic securus requiescit.
Probablement du Ier siecle apr.