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Plaque with dedication to Leo and Anthemius, emperors, just possibly from statue base. Tarraco (Tarraconensis). 467-472

INSCRIPTION
In three lines:

B. F. S. / dd(ominorum) nn(ostrorum) Leonis et / Anthemi Augg(ustorum).

'B. F. S. of our lords Leo and Anthemius, the Augusti.'

Letter height: 4 - 4.5 cm

The meaning of the letters in line 1 is unclear. Hübner (for CIL II in 1869) proposed 'B(onum) F(actum) S(aluti), A good thing, made for the salvation ...'; Alföldy 1975 suggested a more plausible alternative 'B(eatissimo) F(elicissimo) S(aeculo), In the most blessed and happy times...'.

DESCRIPTION (from Alföldy 1975 and the published photo)
Rectangular plaque of grey limestone: H 41, W 45, D 11 cm. Well preserved except for minor chips at the edges. The surface is finished with a claw, with lines sketched in for the inscription. In the centre of the plaque a layer of plaster (clearly modern) covers the surface. This perhaps fills a hole which must be contemporary or earlier than the inscription, since Anthemius' name fits around it.

PROVENANCE AND CURRENT LOCATION
The inscription was first recorded in the 19th century, built into a wall of the house, calle del Cementerio 7 (today Calle de Vilamitjana). Today it is in the private collection of A. Elias y Riera, Calle de Vilamitjana 11.

HONORANDS AND DATE
The two named emperors are: Leo I, Augustus in the East 457-74, and Anthemius, Augustus in the West 467-72.

FURTHER DISCUSSION
While it is just possible that this inscribed plaque came from a statue base, this is very unlikely. Another possibility is that it was a fountain-head, with a pipe set within the central hole.

Christian Witschel

Main Reference

Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum; , II 4109

Alföldy, G., Die römischen Inschriften von Tarracco, Berlin 1975, p. 57 no. 100