EXERCITVS QVI LAV
GARICIONE SEDIT MIL(ites)
MAXIMIANVS LEG(atus) LEG(ionis) II AD(iutricis) CVR(AVIT) F(aciendum)
The authenticity of the inscription and an identification of the donator, a legate of the Second Auxiliary Legion, was made possible by the unique discovery in the Algerian town of Zana (formerly called Diana Veteranorum in a Roman province Numidia). In the first half of the 50s, a pedestal of the statue of a former vice gerent M. V. Maximian, with a votive inscription describing his rich and meritorious career for Roma was found. Among other things, it mentioned that he had served as a commander of the troops that spent the winter in Laugaricio, the land of Barbarians.
Precise dating of the inscription was enabled by data saying that it was dedicated to „the victory of emperors…“ It means, it could only have been the emperor Marcus Aurelius, „a philoshopher on the throne“(161-180) and his son Commodus, who became a coruler as late as in 179. In the spring of 180, after the death of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, Commodus made peace with the Germans, whichupon the Roman troops withdrew from the land of Barbarians.
The roman inscription is visible only from the terrace of Hotel Elizabeth (previous Hotel Tatra), which is situated at the Mierové námestie (square).
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