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Restitutus, the Bear Hunter


Among the legionaries of Bonn we come across, for example, Tarquitius Restitutus, the Bear Hunter. Within six months, he had either killed or captured fifty bears in the hills of the Eifel region nearby, the latter for the martial games of the Romans. Another well-known personality is Legion Commander Q. Venidius Rufus who valued the salutary water of Godesberg so highly in the late second century AD that he had a votive stone erected close to its spring in honour of the divine couple Aesculap and Hygieia - after which lady the term "hygiene” was coined. This stone was later put to different use in the construction of the Godesburg Castle in the Middle Ages.

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