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P.83. Fragmentary official document

Description: Two adjoining fragments from the upper right corner of a marble panel (w: 0.24 x h: 1.1 x d: 0.02).
Text: Inscribed on one face of the two fragments.
Letters: Second century: line 1, 0.02; line 2, 0.03; lines 3-4, 0.025; line 1, in a different style, closer to the "actuarial", than the rest.

Date: Second century CE

Findspot: Ptolemais: in the fill over the Villa of the Four Seasons; found in 1957.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Tolmeita Museum.


[---]ano ((stop)) co(n)s(ulibus?)
( vac. 2 lines)
[---] ạdhibi-
[tis in consilium? comit]ibus(?) suis


[---]ANO COS


4: [op]ibus Kraeling, 1962

English translation

Translation by: Editors

In the consulship of [ . . . ] proconsul [ . . . ] his ?companions having been assembled [in council . . .


l. 1: probably a consular date, and, if so, the last abbreviation should be restored as co(n)s(ulibus). Kraeling suggested that it was a secondary inscription, but its "actuarial" style would be explicable if the whole text were transcribed from a formal document with a date at its head.

lines 2-4: the use of adhibeo suggests that these lines are from the preamble to a decision taken by the proconsul in the presence of his consilium, cf. CIL V, 5050, 17, adhibitis procuratoribus meis, CIL IX, 5420, 13 adhibitis utriusque ordinis splendidis uiris, CIL XI, 6337, 7 adhibitis in consilium.

Bibliography: Kraeling, 1962, 11, and pl. LII D.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (1956, The Oriental Institute - Chicago, 48025)