Marble plaque with funerary inscription
- 1st–2nd century A.D.
- Overall: 8 1/2 x 14 3/8 in. (21.6 x 36.5 cm)
- Stone Sculpture
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- Museum Accession
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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.