§53 Tiberius Claudius Fatalis

Tiberius Claudius Fatalis

(0053) Text: Ti(berius) Cl(audius) Ti(beri) f(ilius) Pop(lilia) Fatalis | (domo) Roma Ɔ leg(ionis) II Aug(ustae), leg(ionis) XX | Vic(tricis), leg(ionis) II Aug(ustae), leg(ionis) XI C(laudiae) p(iae) f(idelis), | leg(ionis) XIV G(eminae) M(artiae) V(ictricis), leg(ionis) XII Ful(minatae), | leg(ionis) X Fr(etensis), III hast(atus) vix(it) an(nos) | XLII, mil(itavit) ann(os) XXIII. Cl(audia) | Ionice lib(erta) et heres ob me- | rita eius. O(ssa) t(ibi) b(ene) q(uiescant). T(erra) t(ibi) l(evis) s(it).

Translation: Tiberius Claudius Fatalis, son of Tiberius, of the tribe Poplilia, born in Rome. He was centurion in legio II Augusta, in legio XX Victrix, in legio II Augusta, in legio XI Claudia, the pious and trustworthy, in legio XIV Gemina Martia Victrix, in legio XII Fulminata, in legio X Fretensis, where he had the rank of a tertius hastatus. He lived 42 years and served in the army for 23 years. Claudia Ionice, his freedwoman and heiress erected this tomb on account of his merits. May your bones rest quietly, may the earth be light upon you.

Commentary: The final post of Tiberius Claudius Fatalis was in legio X Fretensis, which garrisoned in Jerusalem. It would seem he died in Jerusalem late in his career. CIIP observes that because he was of the rural tribe Poplilia, it is likely his father immigrated to Rome rather than being a local denizen.

Provenience: Jerusalem/Aelia Capitolina, Palestine 70-139 CE

Bibliography: AE 1939.157; AE 1984.912; CIIP 1.734*; Edward Dąbrowa, Legio X Fretensis: A Prosopographical Study of Its Officers (I – III c. A.D.), Historia Einzelschriften 66 (Stuttgart: Steiner, 1993), 84.