Base for statue of Licinius, emperor. Pola (Venetia et Histria). 308-324

In five lines:

Imp(eratori) C(a)esa(ri) [[Val(erio)]] / [[Liciniano Lici]]/[[nio]], pio, felici, / invicto Aug(usto), / res p(ublica) Pol(ensium) d(evota) n(umini) m(aiestatique) e(ius).

'To the emperor Caesar Valerius Licinianus Licinius, pious, fortunate, unconquered Augustus. The city (res publica) of the people of Pola, devoted to his divine spirit and majesty, [set this up].'

Letter height not recorded.

DESCRIPTION (from Forlati Tamaro 1947 and the published image)
Limestone base, moulded at top and bottom; H 159, W 94, D 85 cm. The upper moulding is broken on both corners, the bottom moulding at the right corner. The epigraphic field is framed. The imperial name was erased, but enough of it remained legible for it to be read by the editors of CIL and by Forlati Tamaro.

The inscription was recorded by the tower of Pula cathedral in the 17th century (for a map see Forlati Tamaro 1947); it was probably once set up in ancient Pola. Forlati Tamaro 1947 recorded it in the Pula museum (without published inv. no.).

Licinius, the honorand (full name Valerius Licinianus Licinius, as in our inscription) was Augustus 308-24.

The inscription was set up by the city of Pola.

Carlos Machado & Ulrich Gehn, discussion added 6/2014

Main Reference

Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum; , V, 31

Forlati Tamaro, B. (ed.), Inscriptiones Italiae Academiae Italicae Consociatae ediderunt. Volumen X, Regio X, Fasciculus I, Pola et Nesactium, Rome 1947, n. 45

Alföldy, G. , Römische Statuen in Venetia et Histria : epigraphische Quellen, Heidelberg 1984, n. 8