The "Municipium Tarvisanum"

The inscription to Isis can be read as follows: ISIDi REGinae Lucius PUBLICIUS EUTYCHES MUNicipii TARvisani LIBertus, "to queen Isis Lucius Publicius Eutiches freedman of the Municipium of Tarvisium"

The official entrance of the Veneto people into the Roman Empire took place first with the Lex Pompeia in 89 B.C., which granted "Latin right" citizenship: "Lating right" gave the right to marry and trade with Roman citizens (ius connubii and ius commercii) together with the possibility, after transferral to Rome, to obtain Roman citizenship.

With the Lex Roscia in 49 B.C., Julius Caesar extended Roman citizenship to the Cisalpines; with the citizenship one could vote or be elected to public office. This was followed by the removal of the condition of "province".

The border was moved to the Arsa (Istria). The Alpes Venetae were renamed Juliae. Many colonies were transformed into Municipiums. The word Municipium comes from the Latin "munus capere" which means "assuming the obligations" (as a Roman citizen).

The creation of the municipium Tarvisanum in this period is proven by various inscriptions.

The figure is quite interesting: a drawing, published by Avogaro, of a stone tablet where a freedman of the Municipium of Tarvisium, Lucius Publicius Eutiches, is mentioned. The tablet went missing towards the year 1810.

The cult of the Egyptian queen Isis was widespread by the Roman legionaries that had been to the oriental regions of the Empire, so much that, after beeing banned for a period, it was legalized in 19 A.D.

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