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military diploma

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Copper alloy military diploma.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 89.55 millimetres
    • Width: 31.38 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Imp. Caesar, divi Nervae f., Nerva Traia[nus] Augustus Germanic[us] Dacicus, pontif(ex) max[i]mus, tribunic(ia) potestat(e) VIIII, imp(erator) IIII, co(n)s(ul) V, p(ater) [p(atriae)]
        equitibus et peditibus qui militant in alis duabus et cohortibus decum et una, quae appellantur (1) I Tungrorum et (2) Cassiana c(ivium) R(omanorum) et (1) I Celtiberorum et (2) I Hispanorum et (3) I Lingonum et (4) I fida Vardullo[r]um et (5) I Frisiavonum et (6) I Nerviorum et (7) II Vasconum c(ivium) R(omanorum) et (8) I[I Lingo]num e[t (9) II A]sturum et (10) [II] Pannonio[rum et (11) .. Del]mata[rum, et sunt] in Brittani[a sub .... c.15....., qui]quina et vi[cena plurave stipendia merue]runt,
        quor[um nomina subscripta sunt, i]psis liber[is posterisque eorum civitatem dedit et co]nubium [cum uxoribus, quas tunc hab]uissent, [cum est civitas iis data sunt, aut, siqui ca]elibes es[sent, cum iis quas postea duxissent du]mtaxat [singuli singulas.]
        [a. d.] III[...... C. Iulio] B[asso, Cn. Afranio] D[extro cos.]
        [coh(ortis) .....]num, [cui praest ...... I ......, ....]rioni [...........]nis [f.,......]
        [Descriptum et recognitum etc. ........]
      • Inscription Translation

        The Emperor Caesar Nerva Traianus Augustus, conqueror of Germany, conqueror of Dacia, son of the deified Nerva, pontifex maximus, in his ninth year of tribunician power, fourth times acclaimed Imperator, five times consul, father of his country, has granted to the cavalrymen and infantrymen who are serving in two cavalry and eleven infantry regiments called: (1) I Tungrorum and (2) (Gallorum et Thracum) Classiana, Roman citizens; and (1) I Celtiberorum and (2) I Hispanorum and (3) I Lingonum and (4) I fida Vardullorum and (5) I Frisiavonum et (6) I Nerviorum and (7) II Vasconum, Roman citizens, and (8) II Lingonum and (9) II Asturum and (10) II Pannoniorum and (11) II (or IIII) Delmatarum, and are stationed in Britain under ..., who have served twenty-five or more years, whose names are written below, citizenship for themselves, their children and descendants, and the right of legal marriage with the wives they had when citizenship was granted to them, or if any were unmarried, with those they later marry, but only a single one each.
        Three (or four) days before ..., in the consulships of Gaius Julius Bassus and Gnaeus Afrianus Dexter. (A.D. 105, 4 May-13 July)
        To ..., son of ...nis, (genitive) from ...., decurion (or centurion) of cohort ...num, under the command of ......
        [Copied and checked etc.]
  • Curator's comments

    Part of same object as 1813,1211.3.

  • Bibliography

    • R I B II.1, 2401.2, mp. 5-8 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2015 30 May – 13 Sep, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museum, Empire: Roman Power and People 2015 24 Jan – 10 May, Dundee, McManus Galleries, Empire: Roman Power and People 2014 20 Sep – 2015 4 Jan, Leeds City Museum, Empire: Roman Power and People 2014 17 May – 31 Aug, Coventry, The Herbert, Empire: Roman Power and People 2014 1 Feb – 27 Apr, Norwich Castle Museum, Empire: Roman Power and People 2013 21 Sep – 2014 12 Jan, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Empire: Roman Power and People

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Portion of a copper alloy military diploma.


Portion of a copper alloy military diploma.

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