Funerary inscription of Fannius, a bodyguard of Nero
AE 1952, 145.
54—68 C.E.
Travertine.
Inv. No. 125669.
Rome, Roman National Museum, Baths of Diocletian Photo by Ilya Shurygin

Funerary inscription of Fannius, a bodyguard of Nero.

AE 1952, 145.
54—68 C.E.
Travertine.
Inv. No. 125669.

Rome, Roman National Museum, Baths of Diocletian
(Museo nazionale romano, Terme di Diocleziano)

Origin:
Rome, Via Portuense, 2 km from Porta Portese.
Description:
AE 1952, 145

Fannius
Neron(is) Claudi
Caesaris Aug(usti)
corpori(s) custos
5 dec(uria) Cotini
nation(e) Ubius,
vixit ann(os) XIIX. H(ic) s(itus) e(st).
Posuit Corinthus,
dec(uria) 〈ea=AE〉dem, heres eius,
10ex colleg(io) German(orum)

Fannius, a bodyguard of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus, of Cotinus’ decuria, of the nation of Ubii, lived for 19 years. He lies here. Corinthus, his heir, of the same decuria, from the association of Germans, erected (this gravestone).

Funerary steles of soldiers and bodyguards of Nero

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 but 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—68 AD).

Museum label
Literature:
Scerrato U. XVIII. Roma (Via Portuense). — Cippi sepolcrali di «corporis custodes» // NSA. ¹4. 1950. P. 87.
AE 1952, 145
Bellen H. Die germanische Leibwache der roemischen Kaiser des julisch-claudischen Hauses. Mainz-Wiesbaden, 1981. S. 108, nr. 12.
Priuli S. Museo Nazionale Romano. I. Le sculture. Vol. 7. 1. Roma, 1984. P. 114—115, nr. 28.
Credits:
© 2015. Photo: È. Ø.
© Text of the inscription: Epigraphic Database Roma.
© Commentary: Museum label.
© 2017. Translation: Olga Lyubimova.
Keywords: Fannius Neronis Claudi Caesaris Augusti corporis custos decuria Cotini natione Ubius vixit annos XIIX hic situs est posuit Corinthus decuria eadem heres eius ex collegio Germanorum emperor Nero bodyguard decurio Cotinus heir Corinthus Germans funerary inscription travertine AE 1952 145 Inv no 125659
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