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Portus - 3 Monte Arena

Directly to the north of the wider part of the north mole is the Monte Arena, a large deposit of sand. In 1959 an inscription was found here from 210 AD, stipulating where the saborrarii (dredgers, possibly also providing ballast for ships) were allowed to take away sand (Keay 2005, A5).

SICVT CORAM PRAECEPIT
V(ir) P(erfectissimus) MESSIVS EXTRICATVS
PRAEF(ectus) ANN(onae) TITVLVS PONETVR
QVI DEMONSTRET EX QVO LOCI
IN QVEM LOCVM SABORRARIIS
SABORRAM TOLLERE LICEAT FACTVM
AVTEM OPVS EST VT IDEM TITVLO
RETRO OMNIVM PRAEFECTORVM
LITTERAE INSTRVANTVR QVIBVS
DE PODISMO EST STATVTVM QVIBVSQVE
SVAM AVCTORITATEM IDEM V(ir) P(erfectissimus)
MANERE PRAECEPIT TITVLVS
SCRIPTVS PER
IVLIVM MATERNVM
C(enturionem) FR(umentarium) XV KAL(endas) OCTOBR(es)
FAVSTINO ET RVFINO CO(n)S(ulibus)
CVRA(m) AGENTE M(arco) VARGVNTEIO
VICTORE

"In accordance with the orders of His Excellency Messius Extricatus, Prefect of the Grain-Supply, a notice shall be posted to show from what point to what point the sandmen may dig sand" etc. (translation Casson).


[jthb - 21-May-2009]