Since the foundation of Asturicaas a Roman city, it became the capital of the Astures. Tito Montanio Fronton from the Zoelae tribe was one of them and he would become an inferior rank officer with 26 years of military service.
A funeral inscription reminds us of Persius, soldier of the Legio X, dead in Astorga.
Caius Pelgo, veteran of the Legio X Gemina, settled down in Asturica. He even had slaves. His freedman, Primus, dedicated the stone plaque to him.
Granio Forte was a veteran of the Legio VII Gemina retired in Asturica, where he died at the age of 83. He was married to Vecia Sabina, 50 years old, and both were remembered by their daughter Elia Priscila.
Domitius, with residence in Tabalaca, was a rider of ala II Flavia and he died at the age of 37 after 17 years of service. Caius Cornelius Serenus, also a soldier of cavalry, made sure he was built a memorial.
Valeria Arabica, Caius' daughter, would dedicate a stone plaque to her husband Lucius Pompeius Flaventinus, prefect of the cohort VI of the Astures, military tribune of the Legio VI Victrix, prefect of the Calvary of the ala II Flavia and flamen of the Hispania Citerior and of the Roman city. He was something of a local celebrity!
The musicians were peculiar characters in the legions. We preserve the memory of Lucius Octavius, the soldier who played the tuba in the Legio X Gemina of Astorga.
We do not know his name but we do know that he was a teacher of secondary education in the subjects of Literature, Greek and Latin, History of Rome and Greece, Geography of Italy and basics of Astronomy and Physics. The grammarian lived in Asturica in the second century and he died at the age of 70.
We know Caius Octalius' grandson because he ,together with his grandfather, dedicated a stone plaque to Goddess Fortune. We know other children because of having passed away at an early age. Claicinius, Claro's son, came from the current province of La Coruña and died in Astorga when he was 6 years old. Proculo, Lucius' son and born in Uxama (Burgo de Osma) died at the age of 3.
Floro lived in cohabitation with Felicula. His father Licinius Fenix and brother Placido joined them. All of them were Licinius Himeris' slaves and that is why they could not marry by the traditional Roman rite, intended only for the citizens. Floro made sure they would be remembered with a memorial.
Tiberius Julius Vegeto should have been a strong man, as his cognomen indicates: vigorous. His freedman Sabinus dedicated a stone plaque to him.
The slave Lyda died in Asturica at the age of 28 and Thaumasto, her partner, built a small memorial for both of them. Sit tibi terra levis: "May the earth rest lightly on you".
We have not heard about several slaves. Thaumasto, Lyda's partner, would be one of those who lived in the city in the first century A.C. Of a Greek East origin, like Lyda, he belonged to Lusius Saturninus, a wealthy aristocrat of the city.
Memmius Barbarus, probably of Astur descent and native of Asturica, would become the flamen (priest) of the province Citerior and tribune of the Legio I en Novae (Sistov).
Caius Julius Fido, Caius' son and native of the Quirine tribe, was the flamen of Rome and Augustus. He would be remembered by his daughters, 'Julia, the eldest and the youngest'.
Procurators were top officials of the Roman administration based in provinces under the Senate or the Emperor's mandate. Julius Silvanius Melanius, Augustus' Procurator in the province of Hispania Citerior, was based in Astorga, as well as in the Gaul and Dalmatia, all of them mine areas of the empire.
Luicius Valerius Auctus had a stutter. He foresaw the future by the birds' flight and by observing the victims' entrails. He practised in Asturica during the second century A.C and died at the age of 56.
Calpurnio Caudrado, Augustus' prosecutor, dedicated a stone plaque to his wife ,Roman citizen of Asturica, addressing her as 'most holy wife'.
Marrinia Procula, Marcus' daughter, was honoured by her husband Trutedius Clement. (prosecutor of Asturia, Gallaecia, Dalmacia and Histria) in the time of Adrian: 'to the holy and chaste wife'.
The slave Flavia Martila, together with Flavio Ambacio remembered their masters, dedicating a memorial to them after their deaths.
Asturica, as capital of conventus iuridicus (juridical division), was the stop and transit of numerous characters from other places, such as the accountant Proculo, from Braga, just like Quinto Cumelio, beneficiary of Augustus' prosecutor.S
Aurelius Vegeto, with Elius Denton was the 'director of an association' (magistri of the funeral home) and would dedicate a stone plaque to the Manes Gods in behalf of the funeral home in Asturica