§294 Diploma Awarded to Vespasianus Marco, Witnessed by Lucius Cornelius Simon

Diploma Awarded to Vespasianus Marco, Witnessed by Lucius Cornelius Simon

(0294) Text: Imp(erator) Caesar Vespasianus Aug(ustus), pont(ifex) max(imus), tr(ibunicia) pot(estate) II, imp(erator) VI, p(ater) p(atriae), co(n)s(ul) III design(natus) IIII. Veteranus, qui militaverunt in classe Misenensi sub Sex(to) Lucilio Basso, qui sena et vicena stipendia aut plura meruerant et sunt deducti Paestum, quorum nomina subscripta sunt, ipsis liberis posterisque eorum civitatem dedit et conubium cum uxoribus, quas tunc habuissent, cum est civitas iis data, aut, si qui caelibes essent, cum iis, quas postea duxissent dumtaxat singuli singulas. Nonis April(ibus). Caesare Aug(usti) f(ilio) Domitiano, Cn(aeo) Pedio Casco co(n)s(ulibus) gregali M(arco) Damae f(ilio) Suro Garaseno. Descriptum et recognitum ex tabula aenea, quae fixa est Romae in Capitolio in podio area gentis Iuliae parte exteriore. || Appi Didi Praxi, Ae Laudiceni eq R C Iuli Agatho, Cli Laudiceni Cn Cessi Cn f Col, Cesti Antioches L(uci) Corneli Simonis, Caesarea Straton(is) Ti Claudi Epaph, Roditi Antioches C Iuli Theopom, Pi Antiochesis Ti Claudi Dem, Osthenis Laudic

Translation: [translation forthcoming]

Provenience: Corsica 5 Apr 71 CE

Commentary: Vespasianus Marco was a sailor from Gerasa; Lucius Cornelius Simon, one of the witnesses, was from Caesarea Maritima, and was likely Jewish.

Bibliography: CIL 16.15; CIL 10.867; ILS 1.1990; Benjamin Isaac, “Roman Colonies in Judaea: The Foundation of Aelia Capitolina,” Talanta 12-13 (1980-81): 50; David L. Kennedy, The Roman Army in Jordan, 1st ed. (London: Council for British Research in the Levant, 2000), 111.