NG2 Pompeii. Porta Nola Tombs. Tomb of an anonymous soldier who served 11 years.



De Caro, 1979, Cronache Pompeiana V, pp. 179-187.

Dobbins, J. J. and Foss, P. W., 2008. The World of Pompeii. Oxford: Routledge.

Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii : A Sourcebook. London : Routledge. G66-9, p.156.

Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei,1998. Pompei Oltre la Vita: Nuove testimonianze dalle necropoli. Exhibition catalogue, pp. 39-42.


Burials of Praetorians.


The praetorian guard was the emperor’s personal bodyguard.

The names of various praetorians from different cohorts appear in graffiti at Pompeii, which suggests that praetorians were present in the town on a number of different occasions.

In addition, one of the wax tablets of Caecilius Iucundus documents a transaction with a member of the guard stationed at Nuceria.

Four (probably) of the guard were buried together in a line just outside the Nolan Gate, possibly on public land.

This may have been an honour reserved for those who died in public service.

Their monuments are stone markers with rounded tops, a type of funerary monument similar to ones found elsewhere in Italy, but they are the only ones of their type so far discovered at Pompeii.

Perhaps the physical form of their monuments was intended to distinguish these burials at a glance as being those of outsiders.

By contrast, the burial of a praetorian from Pompeii is marked by a herm, the funerary monument typical of the region.

It is also located away from the other praetorians, outside the Stabian Gate.

See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii : A Sourcebook. London : Routledge. G66–68, G69, H59, H79, p. 156.


Tomb NG2 Pompeii. Tomb of an anonymous soldier.

The top of the tombstone is broken off.

The inscription remaining has only the length of his service.



11 years.


See De Caro, 1979, Cronache Pompeiana V, pp. 86-93.