Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Limestone plaque with bilingual inscription

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 3/4 x 15 1/4 x 4 7/8 in. (34.9 x 38.7 x 12.4 cm)
Classification:
Cesnola Inscriptions
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2393
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
This funerary plaque is unusual in that it has inscriptions in both Latin and Greek, each of which follows conventions appropriate to the respective language. It reads in Latin above: “Julia Donata, the freedwoman of Olympus, lies here” and in Greek below: “Good Ioulia Donata, the freedwoman of Olympos, farewell.”
Inscription: CIL III, 6731 = IGR III, 983
Said to be from Larnaca (Kition), Cyprus

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3. pl. CXLIX, 2, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1927, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA : A Checklist. p. 188, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

Yon, Marguerite. 2004. Kition-Bamboula V. Kition Dans Les Textes: Testimonia litteraires et epigraphiques et corpus des inscriptions., V. nos. 2094, 3002, pp. 284, 344, fig. 42, Paris: Éditions Recherché sur les Civilisations.

Related Objects

Limestone funerary monument of a woman

Artist: Date: 1st century A.D.
Accession Number: 74.51.2490
Date: 1st century A.D. Medium: Limestone Accession: 74.51.2490 On view in:Gallery 176

Bronze plaque of Mithras slaying the bull

Artist: Date: mid-2nd–early 3rd century A.D.
Accession Number: 1997.145.3
Date: mid-2nd–early 3rd century A.D. Medium: Bronze Accession: 1997.145.3 On view in:Gallery 169

Marble head of a Hellenistic ruler

Artist: Date: 1st–2nd century A.D.
Accession Number: 03.12.8b
Date: 1st–2nd century A.D. Medium: Marble Accession: 03.12.8b On view in:Gallery 160

Glass jug

Artist: Date: late 1st–2nd century A.D.
Accession Number: 81.10.13
Date: late 1st–2nd century A.D. Medium: Glass Accession: 81.10.13 On view in:Gallery 171

Marble head and torso of Athena

Artist: Date: 1st–2nd century A.D.
Accession Number: 24.97.15
Date: 1st–2nd century A.D. Medium: Marble, Pentelic Accession: 24.97.15 On view in:Gallery 159