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In one area, the Iberian Peninsula, where the Roman presence began in the 2nd century BC, the modalities of public homages to the princes were adopted at the beginning of the Augustan Principate. As elsewhere in the empire, texts were gradually enriched, with dedicators using the forms proposed by the centre of power to celebrate imperial power or to legitimise the presence of a new imperial family. But the manifestation of particular links between the emperors and the Hispanic cities was rare, despite the gifts of the Flavians or the local origin of two princes, Trajan and Hadrian. At the end of the 3rd century AD, the dedicators were increasingly agents of the prince, and homages left the urban centres to take their place along the roads, on the mile stones. The qualifying discourse was then very standardised.