§375 Milestone from Cyrenaica

(0375) Text: Imp(erator) Caes(ar) divi | Traiani Parthici f(ilius), | Divi Nervae nepos, | Traianus Hadrianus | Aug(ustus) p(ontifex) m(aximus), t(ribunicia) p(otestate) II, | co(n)s(ul) III, | viam quae tumultu | Iudaico eversa et | corrupta erat res- | [tituit pe]r [mil(ites) coh(ortis) …] | κδ᾿ στάδ(ια) Ἀπολων(ιαν)

Translation: The emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian Augustus, son o f the god Trajan Parthicus, grandson of the god Nerva, high priest, holding the tribunate for the second time, consul for the third time, ordered that the road, which had been ruined and damaged in the Jewish riot, be restored through the soldiers of the cohort […] 24 stadia to Apollonia.

Provenience: Jabal al Akhdar, Libya (Apollonia, Creta et Cyrenaica) [Cyrene-Apollonia road] 118 CE

Commentary: The destruction mentioned here was the result of the War of Quietus, which extended to Cyrene.

Bibliography: SEG 9.252;  Miriam Pucci Ben Zeev, Diaspora Judaism in Turmoil, 116/117 CE: Ancient Sources and Modern Insights (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion 6; Leuven: Peeters, 2005) no. 11*.