Tabula Alimentaria Traiana
« The Tabula Alimentaria Traiana from Veleia is the largest inscribed bronze tablet of antiquity.
It gives detailed information on how the alimenta program for needy children worked.
Introduced by Nerva, the alimenta scheme was widely developed under Trajan & continued by Hadrian ».
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« Tabula Traiana, A Roman plaque (metres wide and 1.75 metres high),
commemorating the completion of Trajan's military road
is located on the Serbian side facing Romania near Ogradina.
In 1972, when the Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Power Station was built
(causing the water level to rise by about 35m),
the plaque was moved from its original location, and lifted to the present place »
IMP. CAESAR. DIVI. NERVAE. F
NERVA TRAIANVS. AVG. GERM
PONTIF MAXIMUS TRIB POT IIII
PATER PATRIAE COS III
MONTIBVS EXCISI(s) ANCO(ni)BVS
SVBLAT(i)S VIA(m) F(ecit)
The text was interpreted by Otto Benndorf to mean :
Emperor Caesar son of the divine Nerva,
Nerva Trajan, the Augustus, Germanicus,
Pontifex Maximus, invested for the fourth time as Tribune,
Father of the Fatherland, Consul for the third time,
excavating mountain rocks and using wood beams
has made this road.