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Fragment of an inscribed marble block

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Marble, blue gray
Overall: 5 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 3 in. (14 x 23.5 x 7.6 cm)
Cesnola Inscriptions
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Part of an decree regulating sacrifices and offerings at a temple site. The name of the reigning emperor is lost but can be restored as Tiberius (r. A.D. 14-37), Gaius Caligula (r. A.D. 37-41), or Claudius (r. A.D. 41-54). The fragment also contains another Roman name, Quintus Sergius, and some scholars have tried to identify this man as the famous Roman governor of Cyprus, Sergius Paulus, who befriended St. Paul.
From Cyprus, said to be from Kythrea

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. CXLIV, 1, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1903, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 185, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

Campbell, Douglas A. 2005. "Possible Inscriptional Attestation to Sergius Paul[l]us (Acts 13:6-12), and the Implications for Pauline Chronology." The Journal of Theological Studies, n.s. 56(1). pp. 1-29, figs. 1, 2.

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