Steven Friesen

Thirteen surviving inscriptions, including this one by the Keratapeians, were commissioned by cities in Asia Minor to mark the opening of the Sebastoi temple. The inscriptions originally began with a reference to the emperor Domitian, placing them between the years 81 and 96 C.E. In 96 C.E., following Domitian’s condemnation by the Roman Senate, Domitian’s name was chiseled off the inscriptions and replaced by Vespasian.