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  • Description

    Silvered bronze phalera from a horse-harness. In the centre is a bust of the emperor (representing either Claudius or Nero), with inscription punched over it, possibly naming Pliny the Elder.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 50 (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 10.16 centimetres
    • Depth: 3.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

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      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        while Pliny was Prefect of the cavalry
  • Curator's comments

    Pliny the Elder served as a cavalry commander in lower Germany during the late forties and early fifties AD.Published in D. Schmitz and M. Sieler (eds.) Überall zu Hause und doch Fremd - Römer Unterwegs. Ausstellung im LVR-RömerMuseum im Archäologischen Park Xanten vom 7.6.2013 bis 3.11.2013. Kataloge des LVR-Römermuseums im Archäologischen Park Xanten Band 5. Petersberg, 2013, pp. 234-235.


  • Bibliography

    • Bronze 2871 bibliographic details
    • Jenkins 1985 pp.141-164 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G70/dc18

  • Exhibition history


    2016 14 May- 16 Oct, Trier, Germany, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Nero: Emperor, Artist and Tyrant
    2017 08 Apr - 10 Sep, Segedunum Roman Fort, Hadrian's Cavalry.

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number



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