An Important Roman Bronze Manumission Inscription

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Greek inscription attesting to the manumission of the slave Afroditia and cursing whomever might enslave her again:


“To good fortune

Timokrateia sets free Afroditia in the presence of the other gods and Athene.

Those (fem.) who are going to enslave...he who enslaved Afroditia should be homeless. Witnesses to the god”

3rd Century AD

Height: 10.4 cm.     (4 1/16 in.)

Width: 14.2 cm.     (5 5/8 in.)



ex: a private New York collection, 1995.





Antiquarium Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XIV (New York, 2016) p.37





Metropolitan Museum of Art (online) acc. nos.: 23.160.50 and 23.160.53