Are you sure that you aren't thinking about the film Gladiator. I seem to
recall theres a scene in it where Mr Crowe decides to remove his legion mark
from his arm. As I am quite sure that Hollywood wouldn't make up any part of
this hisorically accurate film, Roman soldiers must have had tatoos.
By the way - hows the database coming along??
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gareth Talbot" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 10:19 AM
Subject: Roman Tattoos
> Monday morning query (and to nip any Monday morning TT rant in the bud,
> if you don't like it don't watch it ;)
> A couple of years ago I was doing some research into tattooing practices
> in prehistory as well as more recent medieval to modern tattooing
> practices in Greenland, Japan and Polynesia.
> I came across a reference to the practice of tattooing in the Roman
> army. Legionaries would be marked with their cohort etc... number. Can
> anyone enlighten me? I can't remember where I read it.(being an
> undergrad at the time I'm not I was capable of remembering much) Anyone
> out there know of this reference?
> Also, I remember reading about early Christians bearing tattoos as a
> mark of faith. Although this is forbidden in the Old Testament I guess
> needs must! Is there any truth in this?
> I guarantee a full digest in return!