Roman Military Diploma Fragment
Bronze Roman Military Diploma Fragment
Latin text on both sides
42mm x 17mm x 2mm.
Dark green patina.
Found in the former Yugoslavia.
1-3 Century AD.
Possible inscription thanks to Curtis Clay:
Line 3: ASV, prob. from NOMINA SVBSCRIPTA, "whose names are written below".
Line 4: maybe EMD, coming from CIVITATEM DEDIT, "he grants citizenship".
Line 5: ABVI, from HABVISSENT, "(to the wives that they presently) have".
Line 6: ELIBE, from CAELIBES, "unmarried".
Line 7: MTA from DVMTAXAT, "just or merely (one wife per soldier)"
Lines 8-11: Should be the month date and the current consuls, which if they could be restored would establish the date of the diploma!
This fragment was submitted to Istvan for analysis. His rendering below:
]ION[ or ]HON[
] D [
] IO [ or ]NO [ or ]HO [
] ≠_S _ [
[the imperial names amd titles are in the previous (provbably three) lines
[IIS QV]I MILITA[VERVNT EQVITES ET PEDITES]
[IN A]LIS DECEM ET [COHORTIBVS ... QVAE]
those cavalrymen and infantrymen who served in ten alae and ... cohortes, which are called...