The Wallace Collection

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Plaque
  • Plaque
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Bronze, inscribed
  • Length: 22.7 cm
    Width: 9.5 cm
    Weight: 0.48 kg
  • Inscription: 'SODALICIO · CVLTOR · / HERCUL · L DOMITIVS · / SECUNDIO · OBHON · PATROC · S · H · DEDIT' 'LUCIUS DOMITIUS SECUNDIO GAVE THIS STATUE OF HERCULES TO THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS WORSHIPERS IN HONOUR OF THEIR PATRONAGE
  • A1338
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Bronze plaque, cast from an inscription found at Velleia, and now preserved at Parma; it is described in Corp. Inscr. Lat. XI, 1159, and reads as follows:

    S O D A L I C I O · C V L T O R ·
    H E R C U L · L D O M I T I V S ·
    S E C V N D I O · O B H O N ·
    P A T R O C · S · D E D I T

    As usually expanded it runs:

    S O D A L I C I O C U L T O R U M
    H E R C U L I S L U C I U S D O M I T I U S
    S E C U N D I O O B H O N O R E M
    P A T R O C I N I I S O D A L I C I I
    H E R C U L I S D E D I T

    but the reading for S. H. (SIGNUM HERCULIS) is perhaps preferable, and the meaning would then be:

    LUCIUS DOMITIUS SECUNDIO GAVE THIS STATUE OF HERCULES TO THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS WORSHIPPERS IN HONOUR OF THEIR AGE

    Provenance and date unknown.