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One Plaque of a Roman Military Diploma

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One Plaque of a Roman Military Diploma






Roman Empire (Place Created)


A.D. 88



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19.2 × 15.2 × 3 cm (7 9/16 × 6 × 1 3/16 in.)

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One of two leaves (73.AC.39.1-.2) of a certificate of discharge from the Roman army, hinged together by wires looped through the holes at the corners. This discharge occured under the Emperor Domitian, on November 7, A.D. 88, to Dassio, an auxiliary soldier who served in the army in Syria. Latin inscription on both (horizontal) faces of the plaque. Listed on the outside face are the names of the testatores. Translations Outside Face: "and to their children and descendants [to these the Emperor has granted] citizenship and the right of Roman marriage with the wives whom they had when citizenship was granted to them or, if any are unmarried, with those women whom they might marry later, with only one wife for each man.Dated on November 7 in the consulship of Manius Otacilius Catulus and Sextus Julius Sparsus (88 A.D.).To the soldier DASSIO, the son of Dasens, a Pannonian of the company of Phruguans commanded by Marcus Helenius Priscus.This copy has been checked against the bronze tablet posted at Rome on the Capitol on the left side wall of the Public Record Office." Inside Face: "Q. Mucius Augustalis/ M. Calpurnius Justus/ C. Lucretius Modestus/ C. Claudius Sementivus/ C Pompeius Eutrapelus, C. Julius Helenus/ L. Pullius Verecundus "

- 1973

George Zacos (Basel, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973.


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