M. Sattonius Iucundus


M. Sattonius Iucundus

M. Sattonius Iucundus, third century

During an excavation in the Roman Thermae of Heerlen a whinstone was found, pointing to M. Sattonius Iucundus (or Marcus Sattonius [ [http://www.heerlen.nl/smartsite.dws?id=3217 M. Sattonius Iucundus ] ] , possibly also Marcus Sattonius Jucundus [ [http://www.heerlen.nl/smartsite.dws?id=3308 De Thermen ] ] ) as restorer of the Thermae in the 3rd century, the stone explains he did this as a debt to Fortuna [ [http://www.heerlen.nl/smartsite.dws?id=3217 M. Sattonius Iucundus ] ] .

At that moment Marcus was decurio in Colonia Ulpia Traiana, current Xanten.

It is possible that he was the Marcus Sattonius who, around 253, as a centurion of the third legion in Algiers, erected a statue of Mars in honour of the legion. If this is true, at least it is speculated, he might have returned home, to his birth grounds in Coriovallum (Heerlen), a rich man after his time in the legion was over. And as a rich citizen he was able to secure a place in the city council of Xanten, the capital of civitas Traianensis, the Roman district to which Coriovallum belonged, which had a council of a hundred big landowners [ [http://www.heerlen.nl/smartsite.dws?id=3217 M. Sattonius Iucundus ] ] .

Some sources state the restoration took place around 175 [ [http://www.heerlen.nl/smartsite.dws?id=3308 De Thermen ] ] .

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