This inscription is the earliest document for the existence of the emporium Discoduraterae. It was located in the northernmost part of the administrative territory of Augusta Traiana, close to the border with the territory of Nicopolis ad Istrum. The emperor is praised as "founder" of Augusta Traiana which could be related to the important building activities in the city during his reign (some of them are epigraphically attested: fortifications, provision market, thermae in Starozagorski Mineralni Bani). The emporium in Discoduraterae was probably founded during the same period. The names of the provincial governor Asellius Aemilianus were subjected to damnatio memoriae after AD 193, when he participated in the war against Septimius Severus on the side of the pretender to the throne Pescennius Niger.
Marcus Aurelius received the honorific names Medicus and Parthicus in AD 166, but they were not official and were rarely used after AD 169; Germanicus was given in AD 172 and Sarmaticus in AD 175, which is the earliest possible date for the inscription.