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  • Alphabetical Links to Examples of Diplomas

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  • Diplomas by Emperors
  • Diplomas by Provinces
  • Diplomas for Italian Units
  • Small Diploma Fragments

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  • Importance of Roman Military Diplomas (Diplomata) for the Historian and Mission of this Web Project

    Especially auxiliary diplomas are major sources for our knowledge of the distribution of the roman auxiliary forces and the origin and names of their soldiers over the centuries. Findplaces of fragments tell us where the soldiers spent their retirement time. The names of the governors, consules, and commanders on diplomas are major sources to map career paths of individuals of the roman senatorial class and the equites (knights). Information on diplomas is especially useful, as it can be dated to the exact day. Most other major sources of such information, e.g. inscriptions on marble tombstones and donative monuments are in contrast not dated.

    Roman Military Diploma On-line is a project to make collectors aware of the importance of publishing these documents.
    Mail us if you need support in identifying details of a military diploma you may have in your collection. We are publishing military diplomata in major scientific journals and appreciate very much new material from private collections for this purpose. You can be named as donor, or you can remain anonymous, whichever you prefer. Contact us at romancoins.info @yahoo.com  (please leave out the blank between our name and the @, this is to discourage spam robots)

    All we need are clear fotos of both sides (either high resolution scan or real foto), weight (in g), height and width, thickness, height of letters (in mm).

    Even small fragments can help to bring Archeology forward ! We have a large database of all known fragments. Almost 1000 diplomas are known to us so far,  and we can match yours to known pieces, thus getting important information even out of minor pieces.

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    We would like to thank the following individuals who either donated scans to Roman Military Diploma Online, allowed us to publish diploma fragments from their collections or for sale by them, or supported the diploma-online effort with financial contributions:

    Special thanks to Bill Puetz as the webspace for this museum is provided free of charge by VCoins.com

    Also thanks to those many donors who preferred to stay anonymous.

    The following public collections are represented with diploma images on this web museum :

    Diploma,  Roman Military Diploma, Diplomas, Diplomata