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Some of the ancient Roman warriors really disliked a man named Sekundin. So much so that they carved a very personal insult against him on the wall stone along with the image of the phallus. The inscription carved into the Hadrian's Wall, a World Heritage Site, has survived for two thousand years.
This archaeological find adds color to the life in a third-century settlement. For all time, Secundin will now be known as “shit”, leaving no doubt what at least one Roman soldier thought of him at Vindolanda Fort and Settlement, located in today's picturesque Northumberland British countryside.
Hadrian's Wall runs close to the border between present-day Scotland and England. A fort was built here in 122 AD. Emperor Hadrian to protect the frontier of the Roman Empire. The ruins of the wall are the most significant Roman remains in Britain.
The stone with the inscription has been dated by archaeologists to the third century AD. Its face is engraved with the words SECVNDINVS CACOR, with an image of a phallus, enhancing the power of the written insult. Roman epigraphers Alexander Meyer, Alex Mullen and Roger Tomlin recognized this as a corrupted version of Secundinus cacator: “Secundinus, the shitter”.
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