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1,898-year-old bronze military diploma found in ancient city of Perrhe in SE Turkey


Archaeologists have discovered a bronze military diploma dating back 1,898 years ago during excavations in the ancient city of Perrhe, located in the southeastern Turkish province of Adıyaman.


1,898-year-old bronze military diploma found in ancient city of Perrhe in SE Turkey
Credit: AA



Work began in 2001 to discover what the ancient city of Perrhe – one of the five largest cities of the Commagene Kingdom – had to reveal. Continuing in intervals, the excavations unearthed a Roman fountain, large blocks of stones, water ducts and various architectural structures this year.


1,898-year-old bronze military diploma found in ancient city of Perrhe in SE Turkey
Credit: AA     

Amid the ongoing studies, a military diploma was recently found inscribed on a bronze plate. After careful examination, researchers came to the conclusion the certification featuring personal information was nearly 2,000 years old. The document itself marks 20 years of the soldier's service in the army and entitles him to marry and become a citizen of the region.


1,898-year-old bronze military diploma found in ancient city of Perrhe in SE Turkey
Credit: AA



Adıyaman Museum Director Mehmet Alkan told reporters that they recovered the military diploma on May 24, the last day of their excavations. With the help of ancient history and languages expert professor Mustafa Hamdi Sayar, the text was translated and it was determined that the plaque was a military diploma.


1,898-year-old bronze military diploma found in ancient city of Perrhe in SE Turkey
Credit: AA

Noting that there was an inscription written in Latin on the diploma, Alkan added: “The inscription includes information about Calcilius Antiquus, who served in the military during the reign of Roman Emperor Hadrian. This person in question was given an award after serving in the military for 20 years. He was given the right to marry and gained Roman citizenship.”


Source: Daily Sabah [December 30, 2021]



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