Bronze military diploma

Period: Mid-Imperial, Antonine

Date: ca. A.D. 149

Culture: Roman

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1923

Accession Number: 23.160.32a, b


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.