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Inscribed marble plaque

Period:
Imperial
Date:
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Cypriot
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 5/8 in. (10.8 x 10.8 x 1.6 cm)
Classification:
Cesnola Inscriptions
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2438
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The Greek inscription, although fragmentary, is sufficient to provide enough of the sense and the poetic tone of the epitaph. It records the burial place of a certain Bacchi(o)s who had enjoyed a successful career as either a butcher or a chef.
From Cyprus, said to be from Kition (modern Larnaka)

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, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. CXLV, 1, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1925, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 187, 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. no. 2088, p. 282, Paris: Éditions Recherché sur les Civilisations.

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