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Loggia of Palazzo Soliano

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The loggia in front of the lower room of Palazzo Soliano contains a number of interesting Roman remains found in the surrounding area. 

Inscribed Milestone (107 AD)

The inscription (AE 1926 112) on this milestone records that the Emperor Trajan built a new road from Volsinii (presumably Volsinii Novi) to the border with the Clusians (i.e. to Chiusi).  This was its 17th milestone: no information survives as to the circumstances of its discovery. [Fabro (Via Nova Traiana) ??]

Imp(erator) Caesar / Divi Nervae f(ilius)

Nerva Traianus / Aug(ustus) Germ(anicus) Dacicus

pont(ifex) max(imus), trib(unicia) pot(estate) XII

[i]mp(erator) VI, co(n)s(ul) V, p(ater) p(atriae)

Viam Novam [Tra]ia[n(i)]

a Volsinis ad fines / Clusinorum fecit/ XVII

This inscription is described in the page on Roman Volsinii (Bolsena).

Funerary Cippus (ca. 100 AD)

This inscription (CIL XI 2706) was discovered in 1881 during excavations  in Piazza Grande, of Castel Viscardo.  It  reads:

D(is) M(anibus) / Ulpiae Terpsidi 

Securus Aug(usti) disp(ensator)

coniugi / bene /merenti

et Hilarus fil(ius)

matri / pientissimae

It commemorates a freed slave, Ulpiae Terpsidi, the well-deserving wife of Securus (who was probably still a slave) and pious mother of Hilarus.  Securus (who was still a slave)held the post of imperial dispensator (treasurer), probably of the Emperor Trajan.   This inscription is described in the page on Roman Volsinii (Bolsena), in the context of the evidence for an imperial estate near that city.

Venus of Pagliano (ca. 100 AD)

Riccardo Mancini discovered this marble figure in 1889-90 during excavations of the Roman port at Pagliano, outside Orvieto.   (This page on the website of Archeomedia describes the more recent excavations there).

Emperor Constantius I (ca. 306 AD)

An  inscription (CIL XI 2697, EDR126862) on the base of a statue, which presumably came from Roman Volsinii (Bolsena), commemorated the Emperor Constantius I:    

Imp(eratori) Caes(ari) / Flavio Cons/tantio Pio / Fel(ici) Invicto / Aug(usto) [...]

To the Emperor Caesar Flavius Constantius, pious, fortunate,  unconquered Augustus ...

Paleochristian Reliefs (perhaps 9th century)

These reliefs probably came from Sant’ Andrea.

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