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[178] Letter of Emperor Claudius to the Sacred Victors and Performers of Dionysos (48 CE) Miletos - Ionia

Miletos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 48 CE
AGRW 178 = IMilet 156 = GCRE 29 = PHI 252173 = AGRW ID# 1346
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1048


Base of grey marble found in the temple of Apollo (the Delphinion).

Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, with tribunician power for the eighth time, consul for the fourth time, proclaimed emperor (imperator) for the fifteenth time, father of the fatherland, and censor, to the sacred–victors and performers gathered around Dionysos, greetings.  I acknowledge that you remember what I did when I maintained the rights which were granted by the Augusti before me and by the Senate, and I will try to increase them in light of your pious disposition toward my household.  (10) Marcus Valerius Junianus, who belongs to my household, drew my attention to this, and I also praised him for his positive disposition towards you…  Farewell. (?)

Translation by: Harland

[Τι]βέριος Κλαύδιος Καῖσαρ Σεβαστὸς Γερμ̣[ανι]ǀ[κ]ός, δημαρχικῆς ἐξουσίας τὸ ηʹ, ὕπατος τ̣[ὸ δʹ], ǀ α̣ὐ̣τοκράτωρ τὸ ιεʹ, πατὴρ πατρίδος, τειμητής, ǀ τοῖς περὶ τὸν Διόνυσον ἱερονείκαις καὶ τεχνείǀǀταις χαίριν. μεμνημένους ὑμᾶς, ὧν παρεσǀχόμην διαφυλάξας τὰ ὑπὸ τῶν πρὸ ἐμοῦ Σεǀβαστῶν καὶ τῆς συνκλήτου δεδομένα δίκαια, ǀ ἀποδέχομαι καὶ πιράσομαι αὔξιν αὐτὰ εὐǀσεβῶς διακιμένων ὑμῶν πρὸς τὸν ἐμὸν οἶǀǀκον. τοῦτο δέ μοι παρέστησεν Μᾶρκος Οὐαλέǀριος Ἰουνιανὸς οἰκιακός μου, ὃν καὶ αὐτὸν ἐǀπῄνεσα οὓτως διακίμενον πρὸς ὑμᾶς. vac. [ἔρρωσθε?].

Item added: December 13, 2011
Item modified: November 6, 2020
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