Antonius Laomedes

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 1167 (Wilson 55)
  • Measurements: Height: 18.7 cm, Width: 47.1 cm, Thickness: 4 cm
  • Material: Marble
  • Date/Culture: Roman, 1st century CE.
  • Provenance: Rome, Italy

Translation

“To Gnaius Antonius Laomedes
And to Aemilia Heliconia, freedwoman of Gaia
And to Gnaius Antonius Moschionus, freedman of Gnaius.”

Description

Dated to the first century CE, this inscription marked the tomb of two men and a woman, all of whom were freed slaves. There is an erasure in the third and fourth lines–indicated by serrated marks where stone has been carved away with a claw chisel. Any letters which may once have been inscribed on this part of this stone have been removed without a trace.

References

H.L. Wilson, “Latin Inscriptions at the Johns Hopkins University VI,” American Journal of Philology 32 (1911), 166-187, 171. The inscription is described in the US Epigraphy Project hosted by Brown University.