Rome (Latium, Italy — Pleiades map), 153 CE
AGRW 322 = CIL VI 10234 = ILS 7213 = ID# 1831
By-laws of the association (collegium) of Aesculapius and Hygiae (“Health”):
Salvia Marcellina daughter of Gaius (Salvius), in memory of Flavius Apollonius, procurator of the Augusti, who was in charge of the picture gallery in the palace, and in memory of Capito, imperial freedman, his assistant and her most excellent and pious husband, donated as a gift to the association (collegium) of Aesculapius and Hygiae the land for a chapel with a pergola and a marble statue of Aesculapius and an attached covered solarium in which the membership (populi) of the above-named association can hold a banquet. This is located on the Via Appia near the temple of Mars, between the first and second milestones, on the left if one is leaving the city, between the property of Vibius Calocaerus and the public land. Likewise the same Marcellina donated to the 60 members of the above-named association 50,000 sesterces, on the following conditions:
– that no more members be elected than the above-mentioned number;
– that the place of deceased members shall be sold, and free persons shall be elected to membership or, if anyone wishes to bequeath his place to a son or a brother or a freedman, he may do so provided that he contribute to our treasury (arca) one-half of the funeral dues;
– that they use the above-mentioned funds for no other purpose than holding meetings on the days listed below;
– that, if they realize any income from the interest from this sum, they shall give presents (sportulae) to the 60 members – a provision that was approved unanimously at a plenary meeting convened in the Temple of the deified Caesars, in the shrine of the deified Titus, on March 11, in the year that Bruttius Praesens and Junius Rufinus were consuls; and,
– that on the September 19th which is the birthday of our emperor Antoninus Pius, father of the country, they shall distribute the presents in the Temple of the Deified Caesars, in the shrine of the Deified Titus.
Gaius Ofilius Hermes, president (quinquennalis) for life, or whoever it might be at that time, shall receive 3 denarii; Aelius Zenon, father of the association (pater collegi), shall receive 3 denarii; Salvia Marcellina, mother of the association (mater collegi), shall receive 3 denarii; dues-exempt members (immunes) shall receive 2 denarii each; the supervisors (curatores) shall receive 2 denarii each; and, members (populus) shall receive 1 denarius each.
It was also agreed that on the 4th of November, the anniversary of the association, they shall distribute the following from the above-mentioned interest in our meeting-place (schola) near the temple of Mars: to the president (quinquennalis), 6 denarii; to the father of the association (pater collegi), 6 denarii; to the mother of the association (mater collegi), 6 denarii; to dues-exempt members, 4 denarii each; to the supervisors (curatores), 4 denarii and bread worth 3 asses each. Measures of wine: to the president (quinquennalis), 9 measures (sextarii; about 5 litres, since a sextarius was about 0.546 litres,); to the father of the association (pater collegi), 9 measures; to dues-exempt members, 6 measures each; to the supervisors (curatores), 6 measures each; and, to individual members, 3 measures each.
It was also agreed that on the 4th of January they shall distribute the New Year’s presents in the same way prescribed above on September 19th.
Also, on the 22nd of February, the anniversary of our beloved pact, on the day of our beloved agreement, in the same place near the temple of Mars, they shall distribute the presents (sportulae) of bread and wine as prescribed above for the 4th of November.
It was also decided that on the day before the Ides of March there shall be a banquet in the same place, which Oflius Hermes, the president (quinquennalis), has promised to provide each year for all who are present, and to give out the presents as it is customary.
It was also decided that in the same place on the 22nd of March, on the day of violets, the presents of wine and bread should be distributed as stipulated above.
It was also decided that on the 11th of May, on the day of roses in the same place, the presents of wine and bread shall be distributed to those present, as stipulated above. This is done on the condition that the full assembly agrees that on the above-mentioned days the presents, both bread and wine, of those who did not attend the banquet should be sold and the proceeds distributed to those who are present, except for the presents of those who were overseas or prohibited by some serious condition.
Likewise, Publius Aelius Zenon, imperial freedman, donated to the same above-mentioned association 10,000 sesterces – in the memory of Marcus Ulpius Capito, an imperial freedman and his most pious brother – so that from the income from this sum presents might be distributed.
If any of this above-mentioned money, which Salvia Marcillina daughter of Gaius Salvius and Publius Aelius Zenon, imperial freedman, gave and donated to the above-mentioned association is used for another purpose than what is authorized above and agreed to by the membership of our association, and if they do something else or fail to do what is outlined regarding all the days that are mentioned above on which something is to occur, then those who happen at that time to be the president or supervisors of the above-mentioned association will pay as a penalty into our treasury (arca) the sum of 20,000 sesterces.
This decree was approved by the roster of members in a full meeting held in the temple of the deified Caesars in the shrine of the deified Titus on the 11th of March in the year that Gaius Bruttius Praesens and Junius Rufinus were consuls, when the president was Gaius Ofilius Hermes, and the supervisors were P. Aelius Onesimus, freedman of Augustus, and G. Salvius Seleucus.Translation by: Harland
Item added: June 18, 2012
Item modified: March 23, 2015
ID number: 1831
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