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Dustin Faulkner




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PostPosted: Sat 17 Apr, 2010 12:46 am    Post subject: Question about Roman initials         Reply with quote

Hello:

I have seen the initials "SQVR" or "SVQR" (I think) on many Roman military items. I've seen them usually on unit standards or shields.

It occured to me I've never heard or read what these initials stand for and what they translate to in English.

These might not be the correct initials, but you might know what I mean.

Thanks you.

Please pardon my ignorance. The only Latin I know comes from the Coyote & Road Runner cartoons. I also know the phrases: "knightus medievalus very coolus" and "swordus longus sharpus." Laughing Out Loud

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Timo Nieminen




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PostPosted: Sat 17 Apr, 2010 1:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

SPQR, Senatus Populus Que Romanus, Senate and People of Rome. Not just on military items, but all sorts of public/state items. Wikipedia has some stuff, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPQR, including modern variants, SPQ*.
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Matthew Amt




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PostPosted: Sat 17 Apr, 2010 4:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's actually not all that common on military gear, that I've seen. It's more for things like public documents or decrees, monuments, etc. Contrary to "Gladiator", it has no outwardly military connotations.

Valete,

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