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Roman Inscriptions 1995–2000*

  • Richard Gordon (a1) and Joyce Reynolds (a2)


The intention of this survey, as of its predecessors, is to assess the contribution to Roman studies of recent progress in epigraphy. Its aim is to draw attention to the more important newly-published inscriptions, to known or familiar texts whose significance has been reinterpreted, to the progress of publishing projects, and to a selection of recent work based upon epigraphic sources. It is mainly, but not exclusively, concerned with the implications of new work for Roman history and for that reason does not consider a number of otherwise interesting Hellenistic texts. It hardly needs to be said that there has been no publication remotely as significant as the SC de Cn. Pisone patre, which was reported in the previous survey, and to which we devote some further space here. But there are plenty of new or revised texts of sufficient interest: an honorific decree from Pergamon for a member of the city élite who clearly played a key part in the negotiations with the Romans at the time of the war with Aristonicus; the uncle of Cicero initiated into the Samothracian mysteries in 100B.C.; Octavian honoured at Klaros on account of his ‘quasi-divine exploits’; the Tessera Paemeiobrigensis or aes Bergidense, which appears to be an edict by Augustus of 15 B.C. alluding to a hitherto unknown Spanish province of this period — ‘Transduria(na)’; a startling re-interpretation of the significance of the ‘Tiberiéum’ inscription set up by Pontius Pilate at Caesarea Maritima; the splendid replacement for Henzen's Acta Arvalium; the foundation inscription of Sarmizegetusa; one of the very earliest references to waterwheels, called hydromēchanai (a word unknown to LSJ), in a long-known second-century A.D. text from Macedonia, where they were evidently employed on a large scale to produce income for the city; the transport by ‘barbarians’ of a Roman votive inscription, besides more obviously valuable booty, more than 200 km from the Roman frontier into what is now the Ukraine; and a re-reading suggesting that the well-known ‘milestone’ from Phoenicia honouring Julian as templorum restaurator was indeed, as Bowersock argued, erected immediately before the Persian expedition.


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This survey is once again produced by a team: Richard Gordon is primarily responsible for Sections I–VIII and X, Charlotte Roueché provided the material for IX. Joyce Reynolds has taken an editorial role over the whole; but disagreements over interpretation inevitably remain. Additional and indispensable help has also been provided by Mary Beard, Aude Doody, and Bernard Reynolds. We thank in particular all those who have sent us off-prints. In view of the late appearance of the survey, which is entirely the fault of the main author, the notion of quinquennium has been rather loosely applied at the latter end.

Abbreviations of corpora etc. follow those of Guide de l'épigraphiste3 (see n. 31 below), 17f. Only the most familiar journals, such as JRS, JRA, CR, MDAI(R), are given as bare acronyms. Others have been so rendered as to be intelligible without constant recourse to the lists in recent volumes of L'Année épigraphique, or set out in full. In the case of a few journals with long names not listed in AE, the abbreviation of L'Année philologique has been used.


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  • Richard Gordon (a1) and Joyce Reynolds (a2)


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