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Legio III Flavia Salutis

Head of Constantius II. Centrale Montemarini, Rome (Italy). Photo Jona Lendering.
Constantius II (Centrale Montemarini, Roma)
Legio III Flavia Salutis: one of the legions of the later Roman empire. Its name means 'the Flavian legion of salvation', a remarkable, almost religious surname.

This legion is nothing but a name to us. It belongs to a series that also included I Flavia Pacis and II Flavia Virtutis. The three legions were probably formed by the emperor Constantius II (337-361) and fought in the eastern half of the Roman empire.

The legion served in Africa. It is a remarkable thought that the father of the church Augustine must have known the soldiers of this unit with its almost religious surname.

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