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The pomerium of Vespasian from 75AD (pictured below) was moved to Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome in the 20th century. What are its dimensions, and what is its height, measuring from street level to the top of the top slab which begins with the etching "IMP CAESAR"?

Pomerium of Vespasian

I found a translation for the text here:

Imperator Caesar Vespasian Augustus, Pontifex Maximus, holding tribunician power for the sixth time, acclaimed imperator 14 times, father of his country, censor, consul six times, consul designate for a seventh, [and] Titus Caesar Vespasianus, son of Augustus, acclaimed imperator six times, pontifex, holding tribunician power for the fourth time, censor, consul four times, consul designate for the fifth, after the borders of the Roman people had been increased, enlarged and marked off the pomerium [by an additional] ?? feet.

I've searched many websites and can't find this information. Here are some of the websites I've looked at:

http://roma.andreapollett.com/S4/walls.htm

http://marcogradozzi.blogspot.com/2013/11/il-pomerio-che-non-ti-aspetti.html

http://www.chieracostui.com/costui/docs/search/schedaoltre.asp?ID=11673

http://roma.andreapollett.com/S4/mura.html

http://romapedia.blogspot.com/2013/09/basilica-of-st-cecilia-in-trastevere.html

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This is not "the" or "a" pomerium, merely a stone marking it (Material: stone — cippus, part of pomerium) and it is found at Epigraphische Text-Datenbank: Detailansicht

Transkription: [Imp(erator) Cae]sar / [Vespasi]anus / Aug(ustus) pont(ifex) max(imus) / trib(unicia) pot(estate) VI imp(erator) XIV p(ater) p(atriae) / censor co(n)s(ul) VI desig(natus) VII / T(itus) Caesar Aug(usti) f(ilius) / Vespasianus imp(erator) VI / pont(ifex) trib(unicia) pot(estate) IV censor / co(n)s(ul) IV desig(natus) V / auctis p(opuli) R(omani) finibus / [pomerium ampliaverunt] / [terminaveruntq(ue)] // p(edes) [---]

Majuskeln: [ ]SAR [ ]ANVS AVG PONT MAX TRIB POT VI IMP XIV P P CENSOR COS VI DESIG VII T CAESAR AVG F VESPASIANVS IMP VI PONT TRIB POT IV CENSOR COS IV DESIG V AVCTIS P R FINIBVS [ ] [ ]

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Literatur Hilfe: AE 1900, 0102. AE 1901, p. 22 s. n. 77. AE 1901, p. 44 s. n. 157. CIL 06, 31538c. AE 1900, p. 35 s. n. 105.

And the Epigraphic Database Roma gives you the following measurements:

Search for:

Record Number: EDR103989

1 epigrafi su 87679 record totali 1 inscriptions found

Record Number: EDR103989 TM Number: 272597 Ancient Region: Roma
Current Region: I Ancient City: Roma TMGEO Modern City: Roma
Discovery Location: Roma, Trastevere, S. Cecilia, sotto la basilica
Current Location: Roma, S. Cecilia in Trastevere Object Type: cippus,
pomerium Material: lapis

Measuraments: Height: 65 –– Length: 62
Width./Diam.: 10 –– litt. alt.: 3,2-6,5

State of textual preservation: tit. integer Writing Technique: scalpro Language: latina
Inscription type: term. non sep. Type of persons mentioned: imp.
Bibliography: CIL 06, 31538c (1) cfr. pp. 3795 (2), 4359 (3) HD028285 (A. Scheithauer) (4)

This is from an Italian website that takes some liberties when switching to English language. But the measurements are the same on both – and metric.
The abbreviation litt. stands for litterae (letters) and alt. for alterum (the others).

(List of standard abbreviations: PDF)

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    Very nice work. The 65 and 62 seem to be centimeters. Can someone familiar with this database explain "10 litt. alt.: 3,2-6,5"? Ten lines of text between 3 and 6 centimeters tall? – Aaron Brick Oct 15 '18 at 18:42

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