1. Publius Vedius Antoninus
Four men with the name of Publius Vedius Antoninus (of the gens or family Vedii) from Ephesus are known during the 2nd century AD. See the note on gallery page 61.
2. Inscriptions from the Bouleuterion
Two other inscriptions found in the Bouleuterion, one a letter from Emperor Hadrian, are now in the British Museum.
An inscribed marble block with a decree containing a copy of a letter of a letter from Emperor Antoninus Pius to the Ephesians, 140-144 AD, in which the emperor resolves a dispute between the cities of Ephesus and Smyrna. The dcree is signed by Publius Vedius Antoninus as grammateus (γραμματεύς, secretary of the demos).
"The Emperor Caesar, son of the deified Hadrian, grandson of the deified Trajan, conqueror of Parthia, descendant from the deified Nerva, Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus, Pontifex Maximus, Tribune of the people for the .... time, Imperator for the .... time, Consul for the third time, Father of his country, to the Magistrates of the Ephesians, and to the Council, and the People, greeting. In my letters to you I expressed my satisfaction that the people of Pergamus had adopted the names which I had driected your city to use. I think, moreover, that the people of Smyrna have by accident passed over these in their decree concerning the joint sacrifice, and that for the future they will show their right feeling by their deliberate adoption of them, if you also in your letters to them shall always have made mention of their city in the manner that is becoming and has been decided. This decree is sent by Sulpicius Julianus, my Procurator. Farewell. This decree was drawn up by Publius Vedius Antoninus acting as scribe."
Excavated by John Turtle Wood (1805-1894).
J. T. Wood, Discoveries at Ephesus, 1877. Inscription from the Odeum. No. 2.
British Museum. Inv. No. 1864,1028.1 (Inscription 489).