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4th August AD 119 – A letter from Hadrian conferring new rights to illegitimate children of soldiers is published in Alexandria (#Hadrian1900)

04 Aug
4th August AD 119 – A letter from Hadrian conferring new rights to illegitimate children of soldiers is published in Alexandria (#Hadrian1900)

FOLLOWING HADRIAN

One thousand nine hundred years ago on this day, a copy of a letter written by Hadrian and addressed to Quintus Rammius Martialis, the prefect of Egypt (AD 117-19), was published in Alexandria. In his letter, Hadrian granted illegitimate children of soldiers conceived during their fathers’ military service the right to inherit.

The text was translated in Greek from Latin and written on papyrus (BGU 140) and is now part of the collection of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection in Berlin (Link).

Papyrus BGU 140 (Smallwood 333) Copy of a letter by Emperor Hadrian to Prefect Rammius.
Language: Greek
Provenance: Alexandria (?)
Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Berlin (Source)

Translation: (in Keenan, Law and Legal Practice (2014), 4.6.2b (S. 117f.), follows Joseph Mélèze-Modrzejewski’s edition)

Copy of a letter of the emperor, translated… which was publicly displayed in the third year of…

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