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A.37. Building? inscription by Hadrian

Description: Left side of a sandstone block: w: 0.64 x h: 0.39 x d: 0.37.
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Second century CE: 0.075.

Date: CE 122-123

Findspot: Apollonia: Central Church, reused as a step; found in 1956 .
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Apollonia Museum, 2008.


[Imp(erator)- (case unknown) Caes(ar)- diui Traiani Parthi]c̣i fil(i)- diui Nẹ[rvae nepot- Traian-]
[Hadrian- Aug(ust)- pontif- maxim- tr]ib(unicia) pot(estate) VII co[(n)s(ul)]- [III---]



English translation

Translation by: Joyce M. Reynolds

[(?In honour of) Emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian Augustus (scil. son)] of deified Trajan, victor in Parthia, (scil. grandson)] of deified Nerva, [Chief Priest], holding tribunician power for the seventh time, consul [for the third time . . . ]


Hadrian's 7th tribunician year was 10th December 122 - 9th December 123. For Hadrian's relations with Apollonia see also IG II2 3306, available at PHI 5579, from Athens, dated (by the use of the title Olympius) after 128/9, in which the Apolloniates describe him as οἰκιστής, presumably for help given in the restoration of the city after the Jewish Revolt of AD 115. It may be that the emperor's name here was in the nominative and that the text recorded a gift to the city as in an inscription of the same date as this at Taucheira T.706 and in several at Cyrene (e.g. C.292).

Bibliography: Reynolds, 1976, 46; mentioned Kenrick, 2013, 285.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 2. Face and top (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 3. Face and top (2008, H.Walda)