A.J. Ryan


The Museum of Classical Archaeology has recently acquired a number of new Roman artefacts. Of these, the most interesting is a small fragment of a bronze Flavian Roman military diploma (Durban 2007.52), the subject of this contribution. The fragment is from Table I of a diploma and measures 5.39cm x 2.88cm, is 1.2mm thick with letters averaging 4.5mm high. Typically a complete diploma would be around 21cm x 16 cm. Not only is this diploma a valuable piece of documentary evidence, but it is also the first example of Roman writing in our museum. The acquisition of this new addition to our collection is thanks largely to a generous donation by Ms Joan Law.


Museum of Classical Archaeology; Flavian Roman military diploma

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