Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Bronze military diploma

Period:
Mid-Imperial, Antonine
Date:
ca. A.D. 149
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
A: Overall: 5 3/16 x 4 1/8 x 1/16 in. (13.2 x 10.5 x 0.2 cm) B: Overall: 4 3/16 x 5 3/16 x 1/16 in. (10.6 x 13.1 x 0.2 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.32a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
These tablets record that in A.D. 149, the Emperor Antoninus Pius granted Roman citizenship and the right to legal marriage to discharged veterans of foreign birth who had served for twenty-five years in auxiliary units. Each veteran received a copy of the law inscribed on two bronze tablets fastened together with wires, which were officially sealed. This copy belonged to an infantryman named Dasmenus Azalus, clearly a man of Near Eastern origin.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1924. "Greek and Roman Bronzes: Recent Acquisitions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19 (3): p. 70.

Related Objects

Bronze plaque of Mithras slaying the bull

Date: mid-2nd–early 3rd century A.D. Medium: Bronze Accession: 1997.145.3 On view in:Gallery 169

Bronze bust of an Amazon

Date: 1st century A.D. Medium: Bronze Accession: 59.11.16 On view in:Gallery 171

Bronze statuette of Jupiter

Date: 2nd half of 2nd century A.D. Medium: Bronze Accession: 1997.159 On view in:Gallery 168

Gilded bronze mirror with the Three Graces

Date: mid-2nd century A.D. Medium: Bronze, silver, gold, speculum Accession: 1987.11.1 On view in:Gallery 168

Bronze statue of the emperor Trebonianus Gallus

Date: A.D. 251–253 Medium: Bronze Accession: 05.30 On view in:Gallery 169