The life path of Lucius Artorius Castus is inscribed on the monumental stone that was placed at the entrance to his luxurious tomb in the Antique-period Pituntij (Podstrana) at the eastern
edge of the territory of Salona – the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. This is where he was buried, on his estate by the sea, at the end of the 2nd century. During the reign of Emperor Hadrian (117-138) and his successor Antoninus Pius (138-161), he performed important duties in five different legions and one imperial war fleet.
He executed his greatest feats – command over the units taken into war against the Armenians and governing the province of Liburnia, founded as part of the defence operations against Germans – during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180).
Lucius Artorius Castus began his military career as a regular soldier in the legion III Gallica,
which was stationed in Judea during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. It was a part of the powerful Roman army that broke the Second Revolt of Judea in 135. As part of this legion, Artorius became a centurion in his thirties, and one of his superiors was Statius Priscus, under whose command Artorius will once again find himself around 30 years later.