- Museum number
Reconstructed stone tomb of Gaius Julius Alpinus Classicianus.
- Production date
Height: 2.18 metres
Width: 2.30 metres
- Curator's comments
Incorporating 1852,0806.1 & 1935,0712.1.
For a full commentary on the tombstone see Grasby, R.D. & Tomlin, R.S.O., 2002. 'The Sepulchral monument of the Procurator C. Julius Classicianus', Britannia 33 (2002), 41-75.
This is the reconstructed tombstone of Gaius Julius Alpinus Classicianus. His name shows him to have been a member of the Gallic aristocracy, but we know more about him from the Roman historian Tacitus, an unusual instance where we can link a documented person to a burial monument. Nero (reigned AD 54-68) appointed Classsicianus as the procurator (finance minister) of Britain after the revolt of the Iceni led by Queen Boudica in AD 60-61. His job was to correct the financial abuses that had been an important cause of the rebellion.
In late Roman times (fourth century AD), pieces of the tombstone were re-used in the hurried construction of one of the bastions that protected the walls of Roman London. The first surviving pieces came to light in 1852; further sections were discovered in 1885, when an underground railway was cut through the site, and in 1935.
- On display (G49/od)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number