Constitutio Antoniniana

The Constitutio Antoniniana - in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register since 2017

Welcome to the website for the Papyrus Gissensis 40, the world’s only document with the original text of the Constitutio Antoniniana. This is an edict issued by Roman Emperor Caracalla in 212/213 that granted Roman citizenship to all free inhabitants of the Roman Empire.

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This website is presented by the University Library of Justus Liebig University of Giessen

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The Constitutio Antoniniana was granted Memory of the World status in 2017 and is inscribed on UNESCO’s list of registered world heritage documents.

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The information on this website appears in four sections, each with several subsections:

  1. Constitutio Antoniniana: Introduction, the Text of the Edict, Emperor Caracalla and his possible motives, Further Reading
  2. Roman Citizens: The Roman Empire, Citizens and Foreigners, and Rights of Citizenship
  3. Significance: Introduction, UNESCO Memory of the World, Citizenship, and Legal Relevance
  4. Papyrus: Introduction, Known History of the Constitutio Antoniniana , Making Papyrus, conservation and Restoration of the Document, The University Library’s Papyrus Collection

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>>Click here<< for an introduction to the Constitutio Antoniniana.

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