This grayish marble pedestal was found in 1688 near Vilajoiosa. The piece is fractured in two halves, so the fourth line of the text has been lost in the break. The right part is cut, therefore, the molding surrounding the inscription cannot be seen. The stone, a block of very dark gray limestone, with white veins, comes from quarries that were in the Allon territory, today between Altea and Callosa d’en Sarrià.
This inscription collects the only testimony of the Quirina tribe in this area. La Quirina is the only one of the 35 Roman tribes in which the Emperor Vespasian enrolled the new Hispanic citizens when he granted their populations the rank of municipium. Its connection with Vilajoiosa raises a possible appointment of the city as a municipality in the Flavian era in AD 73-74. The typeface and the characteristics of the epigraph, date from the first half of the 2nd century AD.
This piece gives us a lot of information. Quintus Manlius was probably a member of the local aristocracy. In the inscription we are told that he has been duunviro (Roman mayor) three times and flamen three times (priest of the temple of the cult of the Emperor). To be a flamen, you had to be a duunviro before, and for this, you needed to have a small fortune and it was stipulated that they could only be in the position for a year and it could not be repeated until five years later. In small towns, like Allon, there weren't as many citizens who qualified, so Celsino repeated twice.
As for his wife, Chrysis, it is known by the name that she was a slave and had taken the family name of her former master, Manlia, as stipulated. But she still retains her slave name. Possibly, Manlia went from slave to midwife of a powerful family.
Q(uinti) f(ilio) Quir(ina tribe)
[Ilvir III, fla]
Translation: To Q. Manlius Celsinus, son of Quintus, from the Quirina tribe, Ilvir on three occasions, flamen on three occasions. Manlia Chrysis, his wife (dedicated this monument).
Height: 114 mm; length: 52 mm; width: 38mm
Nº Inv. Vilamuseu 000519