§159 Officer of ala II Pannoniorum

Officer of ala II Pannoniorum

(0159) Text: […] πατρὸς ἐπιτρόπου Θρᾴ[κης,] | πεμφθέντι ἐπὶ στρατολογίαν ἀπὸ Ῥωμ[ῆς] | εἰς τὴν αὐτὴν ἐπαρχείαν, χειλιάρχῳ […] || […]α, ἐπάρχῳ [εἴλ]ης β’ Παννονίων [ἠγη-] | [σα]μένῳ Δεκαπόλεως τῆς Συριᾳ τετει[μη-] | μένῳ δώριος στρατιωτικοῖς πᾶσιν ἔν τε τῷ | Δακικῷ πολέμῳ [καὶ ἐν τῷ Γερμανικῷ πολέμῳ …]

Translation: […] his father the governor of Thracia, was sent to levy soldiers from Rome into the same province, a chiliarch/tribune […] prefect of ala II Pannoniorum, led into the Decapolis of Syria, being honoured with decorations for all his soldierly deeds in the Dacian War and in the Germanic War […] (Trans. Christopher B. Zeichmann)

Provenience: Madytos, Thracia (Ecebat, Turkey) 93-106 CE

Commentary: Ala II Pannoniorum was known to have been in Syria at the time on the basis of military diplomas (e.g., §225); the wars are likely those of Domitian, as Isaac has shown. Most of the Decapolis was later integrated into the province of Arabia upon the annexation of Nabataea in 106 CE, so the phrase “Decapolis of Syria” is significant for dating.

Bibliography: SEG 31.675; IGRR 1.824; Benjamin Isaac, “The Decapolis in Syria: A Neglected Inscription,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 44 (1981): 67-74.