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Dress and ornament
in Roman Britain

Gold ring

Diameter: 2.200 cm

On loan from English Heritage (P&EE loan 12.2.1947)

Gold ring

From: Corbridge, Northumberland
Date: 2nd - 3rd century AD

It is traditional for couples in love to exchange rings, and this ring was indeed given to a lover. We know this from the Greek inscription (see the close-up picture) which says 'POLEMIOU PHILTRON', meaning 'the love-token of Polemios'.

Romans did not usually wear wedding or engagement rings, and when they did so, they were mostly worn by women. This ring is so large it was probably worn by a man.