A decree of L Aemilius Paulus

by Tom Gardner

L AIMILIUS L F INPEIRATOR DECREIVIT | UTEI QUEI HASTENSIUM SERVEI | IN TURRI LASCUTANA HABITARENT | LEIBEREI ESSENT AGRUM OPPIDUMQU | QUOD EA TEMPESTATE POSEDISENT | ITEM POSSIDERE HABEREQUE | IOUSIT DUM POPLUS SENATUSQUE | ROMANUS VELLET ACT INCASTREIS | A D XII K FEBR

Lucius Aemilius, son of Lucius, commander in chief, decreed that the slaves of the people of Hasta, dwelling in the tower at Lascuta, be free. He ordered that they possess and retain, at the pleasure of the Roman people and Senate, the land and the town which they possessed at that time. Done at camp, 19 January.

Bronze plate near Gades, 189 BC.

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