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Marble inscribed cippus


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162

This funerary inscription records the death of an imperial freedman of the emperor Claudius (r. A.D. 41–54) named Saturninus. He had been an official who collected inheritance taxes in the province of Achaea (Greece) for the state treasury in Rome. It was set up by his wife, Flavia Saturnina. The cippus, hollowed out at the top to hold Saturninus’ ashes, once had a lid.

Marble inscribed cippus, Marble, Roman

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