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Aurelius Heraclides

Roman citizen from Greek origin

  • Bronze tabula ansata of Sisak

    Bronze tabula ansata of Sisak
    Olivier-Antoine Reÿnès 

of Aurelius Heraclides


Aurelious Heraclides and and his 'brother' Agathopus, mentioned in a bronze plaque found in Sisak bear a Greek name, which does not imply that they themselves were of Greek or Eastern origin. Heraclides, a Roman citizen, bears the nomen Aurelius, which became rather common after the Constitutio Antoniniana of 212 C.E. conferred Roman citizenship on all free men in the empire. However, the possibility cannot be excluded that he, apparently a freedman, might have obtained Roman citizenship before that date.



Bronze plaque of Sisak

TNMM 397

This small bronze tabula ansata was dedicated to Mithras by two brothers, probably not related by blood.

D(eo) i(nvicto) M(ithrae) / Aurelius Heraclides / et Agathopus fra/tres v(otum) s(olverunt) l(ibentes) m(erito).
To the invincible god Mithras, Aurelius Heraclides and Agathopus, brothers, have fulfilled a vow willingly and deservedly.



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