The Roman collections at North Lincolnshire Museum have been enhanced through the kind donation by the finder and landowner of a fine silver finger ring found at Scawby. Continue reading
Towns in the Roman Empire did not develop primarily through centralised state support. Although certain actions, such as the construction of defensive walls, may have required specific imperial permission and in some cases received official support from the provincial government or army in the form of money or manpower, most public structures relied instead on the benevolence of prominent local citizens. This act of giving one’s own resources to improve the communal urban environment is known as ‘euergetism’. Continue reading
Its been an excellent week for Roman lectures here in Lincoln, with the Lincolnshire Archaeology Day at the weekend, and now Dr Ian Marshman’s excellent lecture to the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. Speaking on the subject of Roman signet rings and their intaglios, Ian took his audience on a fascinating and enthusiastic journey through the function, subject matter and antiquarian interest in these smallest of artistic depictions.
Some of the most fascinating deities in Roman Britain are those for which we have no name, but whose cults seem to have been widespread and significant. The images we have of male figures on horseback, known as ‘rider gods’, seem to represent one such cult. Continue reading