Lost base for statue of Betitius Perpetuus Arzygius, governor of Tuscia et Umbria; erected to their patron by the provincials of Tuscia et Umbria. Rome. Mid- to late fourth century.

In eleven lines.

Betitio Perpetuo / Arzygio, v(iro) c(larissimo), consulari / Tusciae et Umb(riae), ob singu/laria eius erga provinciales /(5) beneficia, et ob moderationem, / pro documento etiam poste/ris relinquendam, aeter/num statuae monumentum, / Tusci et Umbri patrono /(10) praestantissimo / collocarunt.

'To Betitius Perpetuus Arzygius, of clarissimus rank, governor (consularis) of Tuscia et Umbria. On account of his exceptional good deeds towards the people of the province, and on account of his moderation, the people of Tuscia et Umbria set up to their most outstanding patron the eternal monument of a statue, to serve as a record for future generations.'

Re-used altar. The epigraphic field is framed by ornamental band with relief of leaves.

There are different records of the findspot of our base. It was first recorded in the sylloge of Poggio Bracciolini as near Porta S. Paolo; later reports, however, refer to it as being found in the area of the imperial fora. The character of the dedication, however, makes it more likely to have been set up in a domestic context (Guidobaldi 1995, 154). The base is now lost.

Betitius Perpetuus Arzygius was governor of Tuscia et Umbria at an uncertain date. It was certainly later than 366, because until then governors of this province had the rank of correctores (PLRE I, 689 Perpetuus 3). Our base is almost certainly earlier than the end of the century.

Carlos Machado

Main Reference

Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum; , VI, 1702=31904 (+p. 4738)

Discussion References

Guidobaldi, F. 'Domus: Betitius Perpetuus Arzygius', Lexicon Topigraphicum Urbis Romae. II. D-G, Rome 1995, p. 154

Jones, A. H. M. et al., The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire. Vol. I 260-395, Cambridge et al. 1971 (1975), p. 689 (Perpetuus 3)