Statue base for the provincial governor Quintus Sicinius Clarus

Monument V.5407
Editor
Georgi Mihailov
Type of monument
base
Material
marble
Find place
Plovdiv, re-used in a Late Antique bridge construction
Observed in
exhibited in front of the building of the National History Museum, Sofia
Origin
Philippopolis
Dimensions
height 104 cm, width 60 cm, depth 54 cm
Institution and inventory
Letter size
height 4 cm
Layout description
Upper part of a rectangular pedestal, moulded above. On the upper surface, a rectangular hole for attaching a statue. Inscription on the front. Line 1 is on the moulding.
Decoration description
Text
Category of inscription
honorary inscription for province governor
Date
soon after AD 204
Dating criteria
office
Images
Text

Ἀγαθῆι ((·)) τύχηι.
Κ(οΐντον) ((·)) Σικίν(ιον) ((·)) Κλᾶρον
ἡγεμονεύσαντα
τῆς Θρᾳκῶν ἐπαρ-
5χείας ((·)) τὸν μέγαν
ὑπατικὸν ((·)) Πό(πλιος) ((·)) Ἁδρι-
άν(ιος) ((·)) Σαλλούστι[ος]
ἀρχιερεὺς ((·)) δι’ ὅπλω[ν]
[τὸν ἑαυ]τοῦ εὐεργ[την]
[-1 l.-]

AΓΑΘHΙ · ΤYΧΗΙ
Κ · ΣΙΚIN · ΚΛAΡΟN
HΓΕMΟNΕYΣΑNΤΑ
ΤHΣΘΡAΚΩNEΠΑΡ
5ΧΕIΑΣ · ΤONMEΓΑN
YΠΑΤΙΚON · ΠO · AΔΡΙ
AN · ΣΑΛΛΟYΣΤΙ[..]
AΡΧΙΕΡΕYΣ · ΔΙOΠΛΩ[.]
[... ...].ΟYΕYΕΡΓ.[...]
[-1 l.-]
Text
To Good Fortune! (Statue of) Quintus Sicinius Clarus, the great consularis, who governed the province of Thrace. Publius Hadrianius Sallustius, archpriest who had organized gladiatorial games, (honoured) his benefactor...
⤦ n: 1

tag: lb
Ἀγαθῆι

lemma: ἀγαθός
tag: w

type: dot
tag: g
τύχηι

lemma: τύχη
tag: w
.

tag: #text
⤦ n: 2

tag: lb
Κοΐντον Σικίνιον Κλᾶρον

ref: Sicinius
type: official
nymRef: Κόιντος Σικίννιος Κλᾶρος
tag: persName
Κοΐντον

ref: Quintus
nymRef: Κόιντος
type: praenomen
tag: name

type: dot
tag: g
Σικίνιον

nymRef: Σικίνιος
ref: Sicinius
type: gentilicium
tag: name
Σικίνιον

tag: expan
Σικίν

tag: abbr
ιον

tag: ex

type: dot
tag: g
Κλᾶρον

nymRef: Κλᾶρος
ref: Clarus
type: cognomen
tag: name
⤦ n: 3

tag: lb
ἡγεμονεύσαντα

lemma: ἡγεμονεύω
tag: w
⤦ n: 4

tag: lb
τῆς

tag: w
Θρᾳκῶν

type: ethnic
ref: Thrace
tag: placeName
ἐπαρ χείας

lemma: ἐπαρχία
tag: w
ἐπαρ

tag: #text
⤦ n: 5

break: no
tag: lb
χείας

tag: #text

type: dot
tag: g
τὸν

tag: w
μέγαν

lemma: μέγας
tag: w
⤦ n: 6

tag: lb
ὑπατικὸν

lemma: ὑπατικός
tag: w
Πόπλιος Ἁδρι άνιος Σαλλούστιος

ref: AT317
type: official
nymRef: Πόπλιος Ἁδριάνιος Σαλλούστιος
tag: persName

type: dot
tag: g
Πόπλιος

ref: Publius
nymRef: Πόπλιος
type: praenomen
tag: name

type: dot
tag: g
Ἁδρι άνιος

nymRef: Ἁδριάνιος
ref: Hadrianius
type: gentilicium
tag: name
Ἁδρι άνιος

tag: expan
Ἁδρι άν

tag: abbr
Ἁδρι

tag: #text
⤦ n: 7

break: no
tag: lb
άν

tag: #text
ιος

tag: ex

type: dot
tag: g
Σαλλούστιος

nymRef: Σαλλούστιος
ref: Sallustius
type: cognomen
tag: name
Σαλλούστι

tag: #text
ος

tag: supplied
⤦ n: 8

tag: lb
ἀρχιερεὺς

lemma: ἀρχιερεύς
tag: w

type: dot
tag: g
δι’

lemma: διά
tag: w
ὅπλων

lemma: ὅπλον
tag: w
ὅπλω

tag: #text
ν

tag: supplied
⤦ n: 9

tag: lb
τὸν

tag: w
ἑαυτοῦ

lemma: ἑαυτοῦ
tag: w
ἑαυ

tag: supplied
τ

tag: unclear
οῦ

tag: #text
εὐεργέτην

lemma: εὐεργέτης
tag: w
εὐεργ

tag: #text

tag: unclear
την

tag: supplied

tag: lb
< GAP >

quantity: 1
unit: line
Apparatus
Apparatus:
2 The abbreviated name Κ(όιντος) is written with a larger letter.
3 The final alpha was engraved smaller due to lack of space.
6 The name Πό(πλιος) is written with the common abbreviation - omicron inscribed in pi; the letter pi is larger than the other letters in the inscription.
Commentary

Quintus Sicinius Clarus is attested as governor of Thrace in AD 202 (IGBulg 1690); his tenure probably continued from AD 201 to AD 204. His statue must have been erected shortly after the end of his tenure. The exact year of his consulship is unclear.

Publius Hadrianius Sallustius is styled as ἀρχιερεὺς δι’ ὅπλων, a lifelong title, specific for Thrace, bestowed on archpriests who had organized gladiatorial games. It is unknown whether he was still in office when he erected the statue. The games he had organized were probably held in AD 202, when the emperor and his family visited Thrace and Philippopolis.

The nomen Hadrianius, undoubtedly connected with the name of Emperor Hadrian, has been attested only in the province of Thrace (cf. IGBulg 1421). The only seeming exception is one Hadrianius Sallustius, praefect of Aegypt in AD 279-282, but he is obviously a descendant of the archpriest in this inscription.

Bibliography
Mihailov, Georgius. Inscriptiones Graecae in Bulgaria repertae. Vol. V, 1997.