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This Latin Inscription was found on the floor of the Sacellum of the Augustales.  It mentions that a Aulus Lucius Proculus and his son gave a dinner to the Augustales and to the city council at the dedication of this building.

Steven Tuck's translation of the six line inscription follows

Sacred to Augustus
Aulus Lucius     MEN = voting tribe
Proculus and his son Julianus
P . . . S  = Pecunia Sua = "with their own money"
[Lower two lines:]  they gave a dinner to the Augustales and to the city council at the dedication of this building  [= large public dinner]

Tuck notes that the name Aulus Lucius Proculus indicates that he was a freed slave who became very wealthy and had become a priest in the organization of the Augustales.


Tuck, Steven L.  "Worshipping the Emperors at Herculaneum," Lecture 21 in Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City.  Produced by the Great Courses/The Teaching Company, Course No. 3742, 2010.