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[321] Dedication and Imperial Letter from Antoninus Pius Involving an Athletic Synod (143 CE) Rome - Latium


Rome (Latium, Italy — Pleiades map), 143 CE
AGRW 321 = IGUR 236 = GCRE 128 = PHI 187870  = ID# 1860


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Base of white marble, in the Archaeological Museum at Naples in 1971.

(front) M. Ulpius Domesticus, the high-priest of the whole athletic meeting and officer in charge of the Augustan baths dedicated this to emperor Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrian Antoninus Augustus Pius.

(side) For good fortune! Emperor Caesar T. Aelius Hadrian Antoninus Augustus, son of god Hadrian, grandson of god Trajan–victorious in Parthia–and great-grandson of god Nerva, greatest high-priest (i.e. pontifex maximus), with tribunician power for the sixth time, proclaimed emperor (imperator) for the second time, father of the fatherland, to the athletic synod of victorious and crowned athletes gathered around Herakles, greetings.

I ordered that you receive a space in which to place the sacred objects and the documents, near the hot baths themselves, those which were built by my grandfather, where you often come together for the Capitoline games. Farewell. Ulpius Domesticus was the ambassador, officer in charge of my baths.

This was written May 16 from Rome in the consulship of Torquatus and Herodes.

Translation by: Harland



(A, front, beginning at line 1)

[Αὐ]τ̣οκράτορι | [Κα]ί̣σαρι ∙ Τίτωι ∙ Αἰλίωι | Ἁδριανῶι | Ἀ̣ντωνείνωι ∙ Σεβαστῶι || Εὐσεβεῖ | Μ(άρκος) ∙ Οὔλπιος | Δομεστικὸς | ὁ ἀρχιερεὺς | τοῦ ∙ σύνπαντος ∙ ξυστοῦ ∙ καὶ || ἐπὶ ∙ βαλανείων ∙ Σεβαστοῦ.

(B, right, beginning at line 1)

ἀγαθῆι ∙ τύχηι | Αὐτοκράτωρ ∙ Καῖσαρ ∙ θεοῦ ∙ Ἁδριανοῦ ∙ υἱός, | θεοῦ ∙ Τραιανοῦ ∙ Παρθικοῦ ∙ υἱωνός ∙ θεοῦ ∙ Νέρουα | ἔγγονος ∙ Τίτος ∙ Αἴλιος ∙ Ἁδριανὸς ∙ Ἀντωνεῖνος || Σεβαστός ∙ ἀρχιερεὺς ∙ μέγιστος ∙ δημαρχικῆς ∙ ἐξουσίας | τὸ ∙ ϛ ∙ αὐτοκράτωρ ∙ τὸ ∙ β ∙ ὕπατος ∙ τὸ ∙ γ ∙ πατὴρ ∙ πατρίδος ∙ συνόδῳ | ξυστικῇ ∙ τῶν ∙ περὶ ∙ τὸν ∙ Ἡρακλέα ∙ ἀθλητῶν ∙ ἱερονεικῶν ∙ στεφα- | νειτῶν ∙ χαίρειν· | ἐκέλευσα ∙ ὑμεῖν ∙ ἀποδειχθῆναι ∙ χωρίον ∙ ἐν ∙ ᾧ ∙ καὶ ∙ τὰ ∙ ἱερὰ ∙ κατα||θήσεσθε ∙ καὶ ∙ τὰ ∙ γράμματα ∙ πρὸς ∙ αὐταῖς ∙ ταῖς ∙ Θερμαῖς ∙ ταῖς ∙ ὑπὸ | τοῦ ∙ θεοῦ ∙ πάππου ∙ μου ∙ γεγενημέναις ∙ ὅπου ∙ καὶ ∙ μάλιστα ∙ τοῖς | Καπιτωλείοις ∙ συνέρχεσθε ∙ εὐτυχεῖτε ∙ ἐπρέσβευεν | Οὔλπιος ∙ Δομεστικὸς ∙ ὁ ἐπὶ βαλανείων ∙ μου. | ἐγράφη ∙ πρὸ ∙ ιζ ∙ καλ(ανδῶν) ∙ Ἰουν(ίων) ∙ ἀπὸ ∙ Ῥώμης ∙ Τορκουάτῳ ∙ καὶ ∙ Ἡρώδῃ ∙ ὑπάτ(οις).

Item added: June 18, 2012
Item modified: February 21, 2016
ID number: 1860
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