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Fragment of a bronze military diploma

Period:
Mid-Imperial, Trajanic
Date:
A.D. 113/14
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/16 x 2 3/4 x 1/16 in. (7.8 x 7 x 0.2 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.52
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
These discharge papers were issued by the Emperor Trajan to sailors on a warship, a quadrireme, in the imperial fleet based in Misenum on the Bay of Naples. The ship may have formed part of the flotilla that escorted the emperor from Italy to the East for the Parthian War (A.D. 114–117).
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1924. "Inscriptions in the Classical Collection." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19 (7): pp. 167-8, figs. 1-2.

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