Bronze military diploma, Bronze, Roman

Bronze military diploma

Mid-Imperial, Antonine
ca. A.D. 149
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)
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.
Inscription: CIL XVI, 97
Said to be from or near Brigetio in Pannonia (Szőny, Hungary).

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1924. "Greek and Roman Bronzes: Recent Acquisitions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19(3): p. 70.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA : A Checklist. p. 196, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.