Cosconia Calityche

By
Elisabeth Campbell
Elisabeth Campbell is a graduate student in the Classics Department at Johns Hopkins, where she is writing a dissertation on Roman victory cognomina during the Republican period. Through her work with the museum, Elisabeth has further developed a special interest in Roman epigraphy and numismatics.
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  • Accession Number: JHUAM 85 (Wilson 67)
  • Measurements: Height: 9.2 cm, Width: 19.2 cm, Thickness: 2.3 cm
  • Material: Marble
  • Date/Culture: Roman, 1st century BCE (10 BCE).
  • Provenance: Porta Salaria, Rome, Italy.

Translation

“Cosconia Callityche lived 18 years; she was given over to death on the day before the Ides of July [July 14]; she was buried on the Ides [July 15] when Iullus Antonius and [Fabius Maximus] Africanus were consuls [10 BC].”

Description

This columbarium plaque marked the burial niche of a young woman named Cosconia Calityche. It mentions her age at time of death, and – somewhat unusual -  also the date of her burial. It is also unusual for burial inscriptions to actually mention the year of death. Most inscriptions have to be dated by their style of writing, but this one gives us a definite date – the year 10 B.C.E.

References

H.L. Wilson, “Latin Inscriptions at the Johns Hopkins University VI,” American Journal of Philoloy 32 (1911), 166-187, 167-169.

The inscription is described in the US Epigraphy Project hosted by Brown University.