Inscription dedicated to Emperor Hadrian in Jerusalem

Discovery of 2,000-year-old inscription dedicated to Emperor Hadrian in Jerusalem


© Yoli Shwartz, courtesy of the IAA

A fragment of a stone bearing an official inscription dedicated to the Roman Emperor Hadrian has recently been uncovered in Jerusalem. It is one of the very rare official Latin inscriptions ever to be discovered in Israel. According to scholars, even among the rare Latin inscriptions, this find holds particular significance. It clearly mentions the name and the title of the emperor, along with a date that remains highly legible. As a result, the inscription is a tangible proof of Roman military presence in Jerusalem during the period between the two revolts, the period following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD and preceding the start of the Bar Kokhba revolt in 132 AD.

Press release from Israel Antiquities Authority, including a translation of the inscription