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P.28. Boundary ruling

Description: Roughly rectangular sandstone stele (w: 0.62 x h: 0.80 x d: 0.35).
Text: Inscribed on the face.
Letters: 0.04; superscript bars above the figures in line 3.

Date: 13th September 88 - 12th September 89

Findspot: Ptolemais: West Gate, South Tower, in situ against the extra-urban wall; found in 1936, .
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Tolmeita Museum


Iussu Imp(eratoris) Domitiani Cae-
saris Aug(usti) Germ(anici) pont(ificis) mạ-
ximi trib(unicia) pot(estate) VIII p(atris) p(atriae) co(n)ṣ(ulis) X̣[II]IỊ
cens(oris) perpetui C(aius) Pomponi-
5us Gallus Didius Rufus
proco(n)s(ul) locum pusses-
sum a priuatis ciuitati
Ptolemaensium res-
tituit ( vac. 3)




3: [XIV] Romanelli, 1943

English translation

Translation by: Editors

By the command of the Emperor Domitianus Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Pontifex Maximus, holding tribunician power for the eighth time, Father of the fatherland, consul for the fourteenth time, perpetual censor: C. Pomponius Gallus Didius Rufus, the proconsul, restored this place, which had been occupied by private individuals, to the city of Ptolemais.


Line 5: C. Pomponius Gallus Didius Rufus, PIR2, P 0716, Thomassen, Laterculi 38.032.

Kraeling, pp. 10, 58, 113, 115, confused this stele with P.397, and infered from it the existence of a royal estate to the west of the city, which cannot be accepted on this evidence.

The text shows Domitian pursuing the policy of restoration of city lands of his predecessors; cf also C.16.

Bibliography: Romanelli, 1943, 102, n. 3 (text only); Caputo, 1954 vol. III, p.51, fig. 27 (illustration only); from these, AE 1954.188, EDH 018137; Kraeling, 1962 pl. VI A (illustration only; not legible); mentioned Kenrick, 2013, 104.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Front view.

   Fig. 2. Text (no focus)