§17 Lucius Obulnius

Lucius Obulnius

(0017) Text: […] Διὶ Κυρίῳ […] | [… Ὀβουλ]νίου (ἑ)[κατοντάρχου] | [σπειρῆς Αὐγούστης …]

Translation: To Zeus Kyrios […] Obulnius, centurion of cohors Augusta […]

Commentary: Unpublished, provisional text provided by Maurice Sartre (IGLS). Obulnius is an Etruscan name (see Gracey). We can ascertain from his other inscriptions that Lucius served in both one of the Augustan cohorts (likely cohors I Canathanorum Augusta) and the army of the Batanaean king Agrippa II. I have written an article that deals extensively with some of the Lucius Obulnius inscriptions (see Zeichmann), though additional inscriptions have since been published that warrant further discussion. Lucius Obulnius seems peculiarly dedicated to local deities for a man of apparently Italian origin. He dedicated another to Zeus Kyrios (§14), who is likely the deity of reference here, too. Likewise, he dedicated one Atargatis Kyria (§18). Lucius Obulnius erected several other inscriptions see §12, §13, §15, §16.

Provenience: Batanaea (Seeia, Syria) 59-96 CE

Bibliography: Princeton Exp.Inscr.IIIA 774; IGLS 16.269.