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A Roman military diploma from London

Margaret M Roxan

A fragment of a bronze Roman military diploma was discovered during excavation of a house in Watling Court, 41-53 Cannon Street (Museum of London sitecode: WAT78). The house seems to have been erected in c AD 80 but the diploma was found in a layer interpreted as debris from walls and internal partitions which had collapsed in situ during the Hadrianic Fire of c AD 120-5.

The fragment bears the name of the witness Q Pompeius Homerus, who appears on diplomas issued between AD 98 and 108, but neither the name of the recipient nor the details of the unit in which he served are legible.

[Transactions 34 (1983), pp 67 – 72; abstract by Francis Grew, 11-Oct-1996]

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