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P.201. Military building inscription

Description: Sandstone block trimmed down at the left end (w: 1.00 x h: 0.66 x d: 0.38).
Text: Inscribed on one face within a raised tabella ansata of which the left edge with ansa is missing.
Letters: Probably third-fourth century CE; lines 1, 3; 0.13; line 2 0.115; in line 3, o written in miniature; dot for stops; ligatures in line 2 between NT, in line 3 between DU.

Date: Probably third to fourth centuries CE

Findspot: Ptolemais: House of the Triapsidal Hall, re-used; excavated in 1957.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Tolmeita Museum.


Ped(atura) ((stop)) uexil(lationis) ((stop)) leg(ionis)
[I]II ((stop)) Aug(ustae) curante ((stop))
Aur(elio) ((stop)) Muciano ((stop)) duc(enario?)



English translation

Translation by: Editors

The infantry battalion of the third Augusta Legion (scil. made this); the overseer was Aurelius Mucianus duc(enarius).


Line 1: Pedatura: presumably involved in the construction of military installations. The term is used of the detachments responsible for work on Hadrian's Wall: RIB 1944, 1945, and 2022 and 2053, both dated to 369.

Line 2: For a soldier from this legion see also P.67.

line 3: The name indicates Thracian origin; it is too common to allow of identification.

Bibliography: Goodchild-Reynolds, 1962, 2.a, pp. 39-40 and pl. XXIIIc; whence AE 1969/70.639, whence EDH 012430; see also Reynolds, 1965a, 1.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Department of Antiquities, B. 317)

   Fig. 2. Face (Department of Antiquities, B. 317)

   Fig. 3. Face (The Oriental Institute - Chicago, 48088)