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[69] Decree Dissolving an Association (167 CE) Alburnus Major - Dacia


Alburnus Major (Dacia, Danube and Black Sea areas), 167 CE (9 Feb.)
AGRW 69 = ILS 7215a = IDacia I 31 = PHI 301461  = ID# 3231


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A triptych (16 x 13 cm) with inscriptions in Latin. The tablets contain two slightly differing copies of the decree, the first copy (A) on the first two interior pages, and the second (B, including the names of the witnesses) on the third and fourth pages.

Authenticated copy made from a notice which was posted at Alburnus Maior near the office of Resculum and in which was written the following: Artemidorus son of Apollonius, president of the association (collegium) of Jupiter Cernenus, and Valerius son of Nico and Offas son of Menofilus, trea­surers of the same association, by posting this notice do publicly attest: that of the fifty-four members that used to constitute the above-named association, there now re­main in Alburnus no more than seventeen; that even Julius son of Julius, the ­­co-president, has not come to Albur­nus or to the association since the day of his election as co-president; that (Artemidorus) has rendered an account to those who were present of what he had of theirs and was returning what he had spent on funerals; that he (Artemidorus) had recovered the security he had posted for these sums; that now there were not sufficient funds for any more funerals, nor did he have a single cof­fin; that no one had been willing to attend meetings on the days required by the regulations of the society, or to contribute funeral services or fees; and that they (i.e. the re­main­ing officers) accordingly publicly attest by this notice that no member should suppose that, should he die, he belongs to an association or that he shall be able make any request of them for a funeral.

Posted at Alburnus Maior, Feburary 9, during the year that emperor Lucius Aurelius Verus was consul for the third time and Quadratus was co-consul.

Issued at Alburnus Maior.

Seals of Lucius Vasidius Victor, Gaius Secundinus Legitimus, Stertinus Rusticus, Aelius Plator, . . . Name Geldon, Ulpius Felix, September Plator

Translation by: Kloppenborg



Descriptum et recognitum factum ex libello qui propositus | erat Alb(urno) Maiori ad statione(m) Resculi in quo scriptum erat | id quod i(nfra) s(criptum) est | Artemidorus Apolloni magister collegi(i) Iovi Cerneni et || Valerius Niconis et Offas Menofili qu(a)estores collegi(i) eius|dem posito hoc libello publice testantur | ex collegio s(upra) s(cripto) ubi erant ho[m(ines)] LIIII ex eis non plus | rema(n)sisse ad Alb(urnum) quam quot h(omines) XVII Iulium Iuli quoque | commagistrum suum ex die magisteri(i) sui non accessisse || ad Alburnum neq(ue) in collegio seque eis qui pr(a)e|sentes fuerunt rationem reddedisse et si qui | eorum (h)abuerat reddedisset sive funeribus | et cautionem suam in qua eis caverat recepisset | modoque autem neque funeraticis sufficerent || neque loculum (h)aberet neque quisquam tam magno | tempore diebus quibus legi continetur convenire | voluerint aut conferre funeraticia sive munera | seque i[d]circo per hunc libellum publice testantur | ut si quis defunctus fuerit ne putet se colle||gium (h)abere aut ab eis aliquem petitio|nem funeris (h)abiturum | propositus Alb(urno) Maiori V Idus Febr(uarias) Imp(eratore) L(ucio) Aur(elio) Vero III et Quadrato co(n)s(ulibus) | act(um) Alb(urno) Maiori | Descriptum et recognitum || factum ex libello qui propo|situs erat Alb(urno) Maiori ad statio|nem Resculi in quo scrip|tum erat id quo i(nfra) | s(criptum) est || Artemidorus Apolloni magister | collegi(i) Iovi Cerneni et Valerius | Niconis et Offas Menofili qu(a)esto|res collegi(i) eiusdem | posito hoc libello publice testantur || ex collegis s(upra) s(criptis) ubi erant hom(ines) LIIII | ex eis non plus rema(n)sisse Alb(urni) | quam quot homin(es) XVII | L(uci) Vasidi Victo/ris | C(ai) Secundini Legitimi || Stertini Rustici | Aeli Platoris | Geldonis | Ulpi Felicis | Septembris Platoris || Iulium Iuli quoque commagistrum suum | ex die magisteri(i) sui non accessisse ad Alburnum neq(ue) | in collegio seque eis qui pr(a)esentes fuerunt ratio|nem reddedisse et si qui | eorum (h)abuerat redde|disset sive funeribus et cautionem suam in qua | eis caverat recepisset modoque autem neque fu||neraticis sufficerent neque loculum (h)aberet neq(ue) | quisquam ta[m magno tempore diebus qui]bus legi | continetur convenire voluerint aut confer|re funeraticia sive munera || seque idcirco per hunc libellum publice testantur ut si quis | defunctus fuerit ne putet se collegium (h)abere aut | ab eis aliquem petitionem funeris (h)abiturum | propositus Alb(urno) Maiori V Idus Febr(uarias) Imp(eratore) L(ucio) Aur(elio) Vero III et || Quadrato co(n)s(ulibus) act(um) Alb(urno) Maiori.

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Item modified: December 13, 2018
ID number: 3231
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