Seller: electrumfish (32) 100%, Location: Sidney, Montana, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 262742616263 Details: THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST! BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Ancient Roman Legionary clay brick with stamp LEG I ITAL DIMENSIONS: 26 cm x 13 cm x 4 cm (10" x 5" x 1,5") WEIGHT: 2 kg (4,2 lb) HISTORY OF THE ITEM: The Romans made fired clay bricks, and the Roman legions, which operated mobile kilns, introduced bricks to many parts of the empire.Roman bricks are often stamped with the mark of the legion that supervised their production. LEGIO I ITALICALegio prima Italica ("Italian First Legion") was a legion of the Imperial Roman army founded by emperor Nero on September 22, 66(the date is attested by an inscription). There are still records of the I Italica on the Danube border at the beginning of the 5th century.The emblem of the legion was a boar. The sources mention the peculiar fact that the original legionaries were Italics, all over six feet tall.LEG I ITAL was an expert construction legion but could equally well match the fierce Thracian tribes which had occupied the Lower Danube regionfor centuries before the Roman Empire reached that part of the world. POSSIBLE DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1st - 3rd Century C.E. PROVENANCE: German private collection CURRENT LOCATION: Since the late 1950's the item has been located in Dortmund, Germany, and recently was moved to Sidney, MT, USA.