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Tarsus Inscription
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This inscription was found in the wall of the Yeni Hamam (New Bath) which is located north of the Gate of Cleopatra.  It is dated to the reign of the Roman Emperor Severus Alexander (AD 222-235).  It was originally used as a pedestal for a statue.  Notice the pride of the city of Tarsus expressed near the end of the inscription.

It reads:

This statue has been erected for the double protection of the Imperial Temple, with special responsibilities and authority for officials both in the Province of Cilicia which has been granted many special privileges including having an independent provincial parliament and serving as head of the provinces of Isaura and Lycaonia.  This statue has been erected by the city of Tarsus, the greatest, most beautiful capital and city of Severus Alexander, Septimus Severus, Caracalla, and Hadrionus with wishes for peace upon our devout and fortunate lord.  Emperor Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander.  (from a sign near the pedestal in Tarsus)