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Marble architrave with inscription

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H.: 25 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 16 in. (64.8 x 80 x 40.6 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.60.69
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The inscription, written in Greek and said to be from Rome, is unusual since most large, public inscriptions from Rome are in Latin. It appears to refer to the Statilii, originally an aristocratic family from Lucania in Southern Italy. Two men called Titus Statilius Taurus (father and son) rose to the consulship in the late first century B.C. as supporters of the emperor Augustus. The purpose and sense of this fragmentary inscription remains unclear. As well as a Titus Sta[tilius], it lists two women with Roman names, Cornelia and Octavia, two men with Greek names, Leonides and Apollonios, and another woman, Gessia.
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