Cingulum Belt Applique

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Roman Legionary cingulum belt applique



Date Acquired  2006
Location Discovered SIRMIUM old Roman city in Serbia. (Sremska Mitrovica)
Material  Silvered Bronze/Copper Alloy
Dimensions 6.5cm long x 2.1cm wide
Roman Empire 1st to 2nd Century AD

A bronze belt applique for the Roman military belt called a Cingulum.  This piece would have been part of a series that would have adorned the belt around the waist.  The center "window" would have most likely once contained intricate designs out of bronze, or some enameled colored pattern.  The two iron rivets still remain at each end where it would have attached to the leather belt. 

Two symmetric curls match at each end, and a window frame like border surrounds the center area.

The belt was an important part of the Roman Legionary's equipment and during the 1st and 2nd Century they were highly designed and works of art unto their own. (1)(2)(3)(4)

-painting by John Warry




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(1) References to similar items: FEUGERE, Michel; Weapons of the Romans, page 175 & 177 2002.

(2) References to similar items: CONNOLLY, Peter; Greece and Rome at War, page 232 1998.

(3) References to similar items: SIMKINS, Michael & EMBLETON, Ron; The Roman Army from Caesar to Trajan, page 20 2000.

(4) Reference to similar items: BISHOP, M.C & COULSTON, J.C.N; Roman Military Equipment "From the Punic wars to the Fall of Rome", page 108 & 145 2006.

**Note on background. A Fresco from the ancient Roman City of Pompeii. The interior walls of a wealthy Roman's Estate 79AD. Picture taken July 2005.