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Bronze military diploma fragment

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
A.D. 248
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 15/16 x 2 7/16 in. (7.5 x 6.2 cm)
Classifications:
Bronzes, (not assigned)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.160.53
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The diploma was issued on January 7, A.D. 248 to a Praetorian named Victor at the end of his term of service as one of the Imperial Guard. It was issued in the names of the emperor Philippus (Philip the Arab, r. A.D. 244–249) and his son (Philip the Younger, r. A.D. 247–249), granting Victor the right of marriage.
Campbell, Duncan B. 2017. "A Praetorian in New York : An Unnoticed Roman Military Diploma." Ancient Warfare, Vol. XI.4: pp. 7–9.

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