Part 4 : Small Fragments with a big Story to tell
Most of the known diploma are found as small fragments only. Below various examples, some containing important information, some merely standard text elements.
Tabula I fragment of a Praetorian Fleet Diploma
Outer side (left foto)
2 lines not quite legible on this scan, should show the two consules to date the fragment
1 line his rank: EX GREGALE (common soldier)
1 line for veteran, only the final part of his name "TACITO" is preserved, his home town being "AVG TR EX THRACIA"
3 lines with children, 1 daughter (FIL EIUS), two sons (F EIUS)
3 lines standard text on location of original plates (in Rome): descriptum et recognitum ex tabula aerea quae fixa est / Romae in muro post templum divi Aug(usti) ad Minervam
The inner side (right foto) shows mainly the typical legal standard
text for citizenship for a diploma of the praetorian fleets
"ex mulieribus quas secum concessa consuetudine vixisse probaver(int) civitatem Romanam dederunt et conubium cum iisdem quas tunc secum habuissent cum est civitas iis data aut siqui tunc non habuissent cum iis quas postea uxores duxissent dumtaxat singuli singulas ...
Two Diploma Fragments, both from the outer side:
the upper one of a Tabula II, with fragment of a witnesses name
the lower one an auxiliary diploma from Moesia Inferior showing the name of two units, the cohors Numidarum originating from Africa, and the cohors Mattiacorum, originating from the region between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden, Germany. (Private Collection)
Diploma Fragment of an auxiliary diploma, needs a little more
work to say where it is from
Diploma Fragment of Tabula I, Antoninus Pius, unknown Province
Diploma Fragment of Tabula I, Antoninus Pius, naming a provincial
fleet, maybe Moesia Inferior ?
The above piece is quite rotten, but we will find out its secret eventually ...
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Small fragment from Moesia inferior under the governor Bruttius Praesens
4 very small fragments with little information