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Trier: Hariulf Inscription


Hariulf Inscription. Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Trier. Photo Jona Lendering.
Hariulf Inscription (Rheinisches Landesmuseum)
Augusta Treverorum: Roman city, modern Trier.
   
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The Burgundians were an East-Germanic tribe that in the third century migrated to the west, and later settled in an area that had once been occupied by the Alamans. Their new kingdom was situated on the Lower Main, opposite Mainz. Although the Burgundians eventually would invade the Roman Empire, relations could be cordial too: Rome and the Burgundians were united in their opposition to the Alamans.

This is corroborated by the Hariulf Inscription from Trier: the tombstone of a Burgandian prince who was a member of the emperor's bodyguard, but died young. He lived in the second half of the fourth century, perhaps serving Valentinian I. The inscription, known as CIL 13.3682,  is now in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Trier.

HARIVLFVS  PROTECTOR
DOMESITIGVS  EILIVS  HAN-
HAVALDI  REGALIS  GENTI-
S  BVRGVNDIONVM  QUI
VICXIT  ANNOS  XX  ET  MENS-
SIS  NOVEm  ET  DIES  NOVEm.
REVTILO  AVVNCVLV-
S  IPSIES  FECIT
Hariulf, imperial
guardsmen, son of Han-
havald, of the royal fam-
ily of the Burgundians, who
lived 20 years and 9 mo-
nths and 9 days.
Reutilus, his uncl-
e, erected this.(more...)

Literature

H. Cüppers, Trier. Kaiserresidenz und Bischofsstadt (1984), p.349-350
Edge of Empire. The book Arjen Bosman and I wrote about Rome's Lower Rhine Frontier.
Edge of Empire. The book Arjen Bosman and I wrote about Rome's Lower Rhine Frontier (order; review)

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