IMPERIAL STONE INSCRIPTION

The fragments of a marble plaque with a Latin inscription suggest that the first Roman Emperor Augustus and his successor Tiberius ordered the erection of a public building, perhaps a walled fortification in the city, and a plaque was fixed on this structure. The inscription most likely has to do with the construction of the Roman colony of Emona, though an older Roman settlement had been established about half a century before.
 
The inscription on the plaque reads in English as follows: 
 
Imperator Caesar Augustus, son of the divine (Julius) the high priest, 
thirteenth consul, twenty-first Emperor, in the thirty-seventh year of authority as tribune,
father of his country (and) Tiberius Caesar Augustus, son of divine Augustus, 
second consul, sixth Emperor, in the sixteenth year of authority as tribune – 
had given to (the city) [the walls with towers].
 
At the permanent exhibition, you can see the reconstruction of the stone inscription in its full size.
 
Details
 
Object: Imperial stone inscription 
Description: Fragment of a large marble plaque with an inscription 
Date/Period: The end of the year 14 or the beginning of 15 AD  
Material: Marble
Findspot: Trg francoske revolucije, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Inv. No.: L 81
Location: Permanent exhibition Roman Lapidarium of the National Museum of Slovenia at the National Museum – Prešernova
 
Further reading
  • Janka Istenič: Rimske zgodbe s stičišča svetov. Katalog razstave, Ljubljana 2014, str. 57.