Institute for Balkan Studies
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
A Travelling Speculator (CIL III 1650) A Glimpse of the Everyday Life of the Principales through the Window of Roman Funerary Art
Abstract: The focus of the paper is on the travel scene depicted on the funerary stele of L. Blassius Nigellio (CIL III 1650), a speculator of legio VII Claudia, from Viminacium. Seeking to gain a more comprehensive understanding of this scene from the everyday professional life of a Roman speculator, it draws attention to an iconographic pattern shared by a group of monuments of Roman principales (speculatores, frumentarii, beneficiarii consularis) among which the scene from Viminacium holds a very important place. It also takes a look at the origin and social status of the Upper Moesian speculator who could afford such a costly tombstone.
Keywords: stele, speculator, iconography, carriage (rheda), beneficiarius spear (Benefiziarierlanze), Viminacium