The third installment of ACE Director Souzana Steverding's "Inscriptions in Stone". Romans used inscriptions pretty much the same way we do today. This article shows examples of ancient Roman dedications on bullding, milestones and other monuments.
III - Dedications for Buildings, etc & Milestones
Image from Hotbank milecastle on Hadrian's Wall - Circa AD 123 - by kind permission of the Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle. ref RIB # 1638
IMP (eratoris) CAES (aris) TRAIAN (i)
HADRIANI AVG (usti) LEG (io) II AVG (usta)
A (ulo) PLATORIO NEPOTE LEG (ato) PR(o) PR(aetore)
(In honor of ) the Emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian Augustus, the Second Legion Augusta ( built this) under Aulus Platorius Nepos, governor.
A Dedication Slab for Chesters Aqueduct - Cilurnum, Hadrian's Wall in Chesters Museum (RIB 1463) Circa AD 178 - 184
AQVA ADDVCTA ALAE II ASTVR(um) SVB VLP (io)
MARCELLO LEG (ato) AVG(usti)
PR (o) PR (aetore)
"Water brought for the Second Cavalry Regiment of Asturians under Ulpius Marcellus, governor". A Lead Water Pipe - from Deva (Cheshire) - this pipe was part of the water supply put into the Legionary fort there (dating to AD 79)
IMP(eratore) VESP(asiano) VIIII,
T(ito) IMP(eratore) VII CO(n)S(ulibus),
CN(aeo) IVLIO AGRICOLA LEG (ato)
AVG(usti) PRO PR(aetore)
"(Made) in the ninth consulship of the Emperor Vespasian and in the seventh of Titus, acclaimed Imperator, in the governorship of Gnaeus Iulius Agricola." From Carvoran Fort in Northumberland (RIB 1820) Circa AD 136-138
C(enturio) SILVANI VALLAVIT P(edes)
CXII SVB FLA(vio)
"The Century of Silvanus built 112 feet of rampart under the command of Flavius Secundus, Prefect."
A Promise to the Mother Goddesses - a dedication slab found at Bowness - now in Carlisle Museum (ref RIB 2059)
(Matribus deabus aed)EM (Ant)ONIANVS DEDICO
(se)D DATE VT FETVRA QVAESTVS SVPPLEAT
VOTIS FIDEM AVREIS SACRABO
CARMEN MOX VIRITIM LITTERIS
(To the Mother Goddesses), I, Antonianus, dedicate this shrine. But grant that the increase of my venture may confirm my prayers, and soon I will hallow this poem with golden letters one by one."
The Thurmaston Milestone in Leicestershire (RIB 2244) - AD 119-120
"IMP(erator) CAES(ar) DIV(i) TRAIAN(i) PARTH(ici) F(ilius)
DIV(i) NER(vae) NEP(os)
TRAIAN(us) HADRIAN(us) AVG(ustus) P(ater) P(atriae)
T(ri)B(uniciae) POT(estates) IV
CO(n)S(ul) III. A RATIS M(ilia passuum) II"
" The Emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian Augustus, son of the deified Trajan, conqueror of Parthia, grandson of the deified Nerva, father of his country, in his fourth year of tribunician power, three times consul. From Ratae 2 miles."