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LOT 0098

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EUR (€) 230 - 350
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Sold for (Inc. bp): £416

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ROMAN HADRIANIC PERIOD LEGIONARY DIPLOMA FRAGMENT
2ND CENTURY A.D.

A bronze triangular diploma fragment, possibly of Hadrianic period with six lines of partial text on the extrinsecus, and six lines of partial text on the intus; the extrinsecus, reading:
'EOR[VM] CIVITA[TEM DEDIT ET CONNVBIVM CVM VXORIBUS QUAS TVNC] HABVISSENT [CVM EST CIVITAS IIS DATA AUT SIQVI CAELIBES] ESSENT CUM [IIS QVAS POSTEA DVXISSENT DVM TAXAT SINGVLI] SINGV[LAS]
and the intus reading 'T / II H / NIDAC / R III IN/LINO FILII/NT INR Q'. 1 1/2 in. (6.83 grams, 38 mm). Fine condition. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
German art market before 2000.
With a European gentleman living in the UK.
Property of a Surrey gentleman.

LITERATURE:
See Balbo, M., ‘Diploma militare di Adriano’ in Pantò, G., Carlo Alberto archeologo in Sardegna, Torino, 2016, pp.153-156; Opreanu, C.H., ‘A new military diploma recently found at Parolissum (Dacia Porolissensis)’ in Ephemeris Napocensis, February 2021, pp.295-308.

FOOTNOTES:
The style of writing and the comparison with diplomas of the time of the Emperor Hadrian allows a partial reconstruction of the external part. The diploma gives 'HONESTA MISSIO' (honourable discharge) and Roman citizenship to the veterans of an unknown unit (auxiliary Ala or Cohors) also granting them permission to marry. The text of the internal side should report the dating, and the names of the soldiers and witnesses.