Sextus Lollius

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 75 (Wilson 98)
  • Measurements: Height: 29.5 cm, Width: 33.7 cm, Thickness: 26.4 cm
  • Material: Marble
  • Date/Culture: Roman, 1st century CE.
  • Provenance: Porta Salaria, Rome, Italy.

Translation

“To the Spirits of the Dead
Of Sextus Lollius
Albanus.”

Description

This cinerary urn in the shape of a temple was inscribed for a man named Sextus Lollius Albanus. The front holds the inscription on a tabula ansata (tablet with handles) and the urn is decorated with floral motifs on the front and the handles. The interior of this urn still contains burned human bone fragments, presumably those belonging to Sextus Lollius.

The funerary remains in this urn were the subject of an undergraduate thesis by Monika Lay.  Hear a presentation on her findings as delivered at the Museum Symposium in April 2013.

References

H.L. Wilson, “Latin Inscriptions at the Johns Hopkins University VII,” American Journal of Philology 33 (1912), 168-185, 177.