Tettedia Calliope

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.
  • Accession Number: JHUAM 1169 (Wilson 113)
  • Measurements: Height: 12.6 cm, Width: 21.9 cm, Thickness: 1.5 cm
  • Material: Marble
  • Date/Culture: Roman, 1st century CE.
  • Provenance: Rome, Italy

Translation

“[This] has been set up
For mother Tettedia Calliope and
[her] sister Tertulla. Niche I.”

Description

This columbarium slab marked the burial niche of two women, Tettedia Calliope and her sister Tertulla. Presumably it was set up by Tettedia’s children since she is addressed as mother. The last two words indicate the number of the burial niche.

References

H.L. Wilson; R. van Deman Magoffin, “Latin Inscriptions at the Johns Hopkins University VIII,” American Journal of Philology 35 (1914), 421-434, 422.

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