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CIL 06, 01698, pp. 3173, 3813, 4737 [edit]

Base for gilded bronze statue of Lucius Aurelius Avianius Symmachus, consul and prefect of the City; commanded by the emperors. Rome, Forum of Trajan. 377 [edit]

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[Statue of] Phosphorius. To Lucius Aurelius Avianius Symmachus, of the senatorial order, urban prefect, consul, legate of the praetorian prefect in Rome and in the neighbouring provinces, prefect of the annona of the city of Rome, higher pontiff, member of the college of the quindecemviri sacris faciundis, responsible on many occasions for embassies to deified emperors following the wishes of the senatorial order, whose opinion in the Senate was usually the first to be asked, who enriched with authority, prudence, and eloquence the seat of this great order. The gilded statue that the great Senate obtained from our Lords Augusti through frequent petitions, and that our victorious emperors commanded to be set up with a list of his merits; and to this honour their [i.e., imperial] judgment also added that a further statue of equal splendour be placed in Constantinople. Dedicated on the III of the Kalends of May, during the fourth consulship of our lord Gratian and Merobaudes.
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(Upper moulding) Of Phosphorius. For Lucius Aurelius Avianius Symmachus, vir clarissimus, urban perfect, consul, delegate of the pretorian prefects in the city of Rome and in the adjacent provinces, prefect of the grain supply of the city of Rome, pontifex maior, quindecemvir sacris faciundis; who carried out many embassies to consecrated emperors at the behest of the most distinguished order, so that he, who was the first to be asked for his opinion in the senate, would match through his authority; prudence and eloquence the dignity of this eminent order; for him the senate obtained through manifold decrees from our lords and Augusti a statue shining with gold, which our same triumphant principes in the attached oration (which contains the sequence and succession of his merits) commanded to be put up. Their eternal judgement even added to that extraordinary honour that another statue of equal splendour should be placed in Costantinople.
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