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Marble plaque with funerary inscription

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 1/2 x 14 3/8 in. (21.6 x 36.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.248.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
The Latin inscription probably comes from a columbarium, a communal chamber tomb. It reads: "To the spirits of the dead. For C. Porcius Dionysius, who lived 8 years, 10 months, and 13 days. C. Porcius Dionysius made [this] for the sweetest of sons." The boy, who was clearly named after his father, died first, exemplifying the high rate of child mortality in antiquity.
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