Honorary inscription for Gaius Caesar (princeps iuventutis)

Greek, East Greek
Roman Imperial Period
between 1 B.C. and A.D. 4

Findspot: Anatolia (Turkey), Troad, Assos (Behramkale), Walled into masonry at the north-east corner...


19.1 x 57.2 cm (7 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

Rectangular block, in two pieces. The stone is remarkable as being a palimpsest, so to speak; there has been a hasty erasure of earlier letters, leaving a rough surface.

“The people and the Roman negotiatores
Gaius Caesar the son of Augustus, princeps iuventutis, and consul.”


From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); walled into the very large diagonal masonry at the north-east corner of the Bouleuterion. 1881-82: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 15, 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America