About the Exhibit
Learn about plates and ancient documents
Closely examine artifacts in the exhibit
Explore articles related to the exhibit
Behind the Scenes
Learn how the exhibit was created
Welcome to the Harold B. Lee Library and this extraordinary exhibition of ancient Roman military diploma plates, dating from 109 A.D.
The bronze plates on display are some of the best preserved in the world. These plates, issued by order of the Roman emperor Trajan, are an example of double, sealed, witnessed documents.
We hope you enjoy seeing and learning about these ancient Roman plates and the related artifacts in this exhibit. Perhaps the most compelling aspect of the exhibit is understanding what the plates tell us about ancient religious and legal practices as well as the preservation, validation, and authentication of ancient records and text.