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L. Domitivs Aurelianvs perpetuus imperator

Abstract : A series of milestones, principaly african, qualifies the emperor Aurelian (270-275 A.D.) as perpetuus imperator . The study hereunder shows that the stones date from the end of the reign (274 nay 275), after Aurelian has restaured the unity of the Empire. This series, therefore, constitues a campaign of propaganda in honour of the prince, commandant in chief perpetualy victorious. The formula perpetuus imperator appears then for the first time and becomes at the end of the third and in the fourth century a usual element of the imperial titulature. The study of those inscriptions, besides, shows that there were some notable differences between the formularies, according as the stones come from Numidia (developped formulary) or from Africa Proconsularis (reduced formulary) ; it is, thereby, possible to bring some little rectifications to the frontier-line.
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Anne Daguet. L. Domitivs Aurelianvs perpetuus imperator. Antiquités Africaines, 1992, 28 (1), pp.173-186. ⟨10.3406/antaf.1992.1205⟩. ⟨hal-03517141⟩



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