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


Most surviving Roman military diploma (see 23.160.32a,b) belonged to army veterans. These discharge papers, however, 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).