Livia Acte and Claudius Felix

By
Elisabeth Campbell
Elisabeth Campbell is a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, based in the Classics Department. Her interests include Roman history and archaeology, and she is currently working on her dissertation on the commemoration of victories in the Roman Republic.
  • Accession Number: JHUAM 41 (Wilson 9)
  • Measurements: Height: 33.8 cm, Width: 17 cm, Thickness: 3.5 cm
  • Material: Marble
  • Date/Culture: Roman, 1st century CE.
  • Provenance: Porta Pia, near S. Agnese; Rome, Italy

Translation

“To Livia Acte and
Claudius Felix.
In this monument
Gaius Heiuleius Galenus dedicated two urns
And it is forbidden to walk here.”

Description

This inscription marked the burial monument of two people, a woman named Livia Acte, and a man named Claudius Felix. A man named Gaius Heiuleius Galenus placed their urns in the tomb, but we do not learn his relationship to the deceased.

The last two words are a common phrase in Latin tomb inscriptions and intend to keep passers-by from entering the tomb and its surrounding area. The inscription was found in Rome and is dated to the first century CE.

References

H.L. Wilson, “Latin Inscriptions at the Johns Hopkins University III,” American Journal of Philology 30 (1909), 153-170, 157-8.

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