Publius Vibius Rufus

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 15 (Wilson 129)
  • Measurements: Height: 40 cm, Width: 57.8 cm, Thickness: 12.4 cm
  • Material: Marble
  • Date/Culture: Roman, 1st-2nd century CE.
  • Provenance: Rome, Italy


“Publius Vibius Rufus, son of Marcus, of the tribe Pollia,
Calpurnia, his wife.
Publius Vibius Optatus, freedman of Publius,
Of the tribe Palatina.
Marcus Apinius Dama,
Freedman of Marcus.
Iulia Nicario, freedwoman of Gaia.
Marcus Apinius Alexa,
Freedman of Marcus.”


This inscription, dated to the early Augustan age, records the names of six freedmen who were buried in the associated tomb. Unlike most of the inscriptions on our wall it only contains the names and former masters of the deceased, but no information on their lives.


H.L. Wilson and R. van Deman Magoffin,  “Latin Inscriptions at the Johns Hopkins University VIII,” American Journal of Philology 35 (1914), 421-434, 429-431.