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A fragmentary inscription (CIL 5.5262)
recording the career of Pliny the Younger


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Transcribed:
1



5
C PLINIVS L F
AVGVR LEGAT PR PR
CONSVLARI POTESTATE
IMP CAESAR NERVA
CVRATOR ALVEI TI. . .
PRAEF AERARI SATVRNI
QVAESTOR IMP
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Translated:
1



5
Gaius Plinius, son of Lucius:
Augur, Propraetorian Legate
with consular powers
The Emperor Caesar Nerva . . .
Keeper of the banks of the T. . . River
Municipal Treasurer
Quaestor . . . Emperor . . .
 

Ah, but that's only what it looks like. Two other overlapping fragments of apparently identical inscriptions have also been found (and one of them lost since), which leads to this collated reading in which our fragment is shown like this, and the rest is supplied seemingly out of nowhere:

Transcribed:
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5
C PLINIVS L F OVF CAECILIVS SECVNDVS COS
AVGVR LEGAT PRO PR PROVINCIAE PONTI ET BITHYNIAE
CONSVLARI POTESTAT IN EAM PROVINCIAM EX S C MISSVS AB
IMP CAESAR NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GERMANICO DACICO P P
CVRATOR ALVEI TIBERIS ET RIPARVM ET CLOACAR VRB
PRAEF AERARI SATVRNI PRAEF AERARI MILIT PR TRIB PL
QVAESTOR IMP SEVIR EQVITVM ROMANORVM
TRIB MILIT LEG III GALLICAE XVIR STLI
TIB IVDICANDI THERMAS EX . . .
Some people read the photo easier in false color (146K).


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