Marble inscribed block fragment
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)
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
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.