An Archaeological Index to Remains of Antiquity of the Celtic, Romano-British, and Anglo-Saxon Periods

An Archaeological Index to Remains of Antiquity of the Celtic, Romano-British, and Anglo-Saxon Periods

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...Association and the Archaeological Institute. 1 Plates x. xi. An example of a very perfect tesselated pavement, discovered at Basildon, in Berkshire, is given in Mr. Smith's Collectanea Antiqua, plate xxiv. 12 Milliaria Or Mile-stones. Examples of the Roman milliarii lapides, or milestones, are found in nearly every province of the empire. The Roman mile consisted of one thousand paces (passus not gradus as some have written) of five feet each. A mile therefore contained five thousand feet, or about one hundred and forty yards less than ours.1 The initials M.p. (milk passuum) generally stand for mile on these stones. Augustus erected a gilt pillar (milliarium aureum) in the Forum at Rome, where the principal roads terminated, though the miles were not reckoned from it but from the gates of the city. Our London Stone is supposed to be the relic of one of these central pillars, which appear to have been set up in the chief cities of the Roman Empire. The examples of milliary columns in England have suffered by time and neglect, and con ' The Roman mile contained eight Greek stadia. sequently are in a mutilated and defaced condition, the inscriptions being, in some instances, nearly obliterated. One of the best preserved is in the Museum of the Literary and Philosophical Society at Leicester. It was dug up in the year 1771, on the side of the foss-way about two miles from that town. It is of a cylindrical form resting on a quadrangular base. The inscription, which was formerly decyphered as follows, is extremely interesting as identifying Leicester with the Roman Eatce.1 IMP. CAESAR DIVI TRAIAN. TAKTH. F. D1V. TRAIAN. HADRIAN AVG. POT. IV. COS. III. A RATIS III. 2 Vide Archseologia, vol.vii. p. 84, where it is engraved. Also ..".show more

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