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C.75. Dedication to Gordian

Description: The greater part of a moulded marble panel reconstructed from fragments (w: 0.72 x h: 1.07 x d: 0.02).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Third century; rustic capitals: lines 1-6, 0.05; line 7, 0.045; lines 8-10, 0.04; an ivy leaf at the end of line 4.

Date: 238-244 CE

Findspot: Cyrene: House of Hesychios, reused face downwards, as a paving slab; found in 1934. Some fragments seem to have been lost since discovery.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene museum.


[I]mp(eratori) C[a]es(ari) M(arco) Antonio Gordiano
[P]io F[elici Aug(usto) pon]tifici
max[imo tri(bunicia) pot(estate) ?] [ coh(ors) I] Mac(edonica)
[G]or[di]ana [e]q(uitata)
5 ( vac. 3) d[euo]ta ( vac. 1) [n]umini
( vac. 3) maiestatique eius
dedicante Caecilio Felice
( vac. 3) u(iro) e(gregio) ( vac. 1) proc(uratore) ( vac. 1) eius
[c]ur[a]nte Drusinio Lupulo
10[pr]aef(ecto) uic(e) II coh(ortis) ( vac. 1) eiusdem
( vac. 1) ex euok(ato) ( vac. 1)


5      D[...]TA  [.]UMINI
      UE  PROC  EIUS

English translation

Translation by: Joyce M. Reynolds

For Emperor Caesar Marcus Antonius Gordianus, Pious, Fortunate, high priest (i.e. pontifex maximus), [holding tribunician power for the ?th time, the ?first] Macedonian Gordian mounted [cohort], devoted to his divinity and his majesty; the dedicator was Caecilius Felix, excellent man, his procurator; the overseer was Drusinius Lupulus, prefect on two occasions of the second cohort of the same, re-enlisted.


Line 4: For this cohort see also C.183. For temporary cognomina of this type see G. Bersanetti, Athenaeum N.S. 18 (1940) 105f.

Line 6: on the chronology and significance of this formula, of which the earliest dated instance is of CE 210, see H. Gundel, Epigrafica XV (1953) 128f.

Line 8: Possibly a member of the family of or even identical with C. Caecilius Felix c. v., PIR2, C0045 .

Line 10: For two tours of duty cf. the beneficiarius iterata statione in ILS 9327.

Bibliography: Goodchild-Reynolds, 1962, 1.b, whence AE 1969/70.637, whence EDH 012427; discussed Struffolino, 2014, 354; mentioned Kenrick, 2013, 167.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 2. Face (2008, H.Walda)