Nothing gets my juices flowing like a new archaeological find that illustrates the breathtakingly broad reach of Imperial Rome.
Though this doesn’t date to the era of Rome on the Cusp, this little find is fascinating nonetheless.
Near the modern town of Gernsheim (on the Rhine River), archaeologists from Goethe University just discovered an early 2nd century Roman fort. They estimate that it was abandoned around 120CE when the soldiers stationed there were moved to the Roman frontier with Germania along the Danube. Found in the dig thus far are signs of ordinary life, dice, combs, etc. and a masonry fragment indicating the name of the unit stationed there (see below), the Legio XXII Primigenia Pia Fidelis, part of the Limes Germanicus.
Here is a reminder of what the Roman Empire looked like at that date.
And here is a brief article on the dig in Archaeology.
And a better article in the International Business Tribune.