“Splendor et Divitiae”

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 138 (Wilson 136)
  • Measurements: Height: 20.5 cm, Width: 44.5 cm, Thickness: 4.5 cm
  • Material: Marble
  • Date/Culture: Roman, 4th – 5th century CE.
  • Provenance: Rome, Italy


“Not splendor nor riches,
But tranquility of spirit and body
Is provided here.”


This inscription from Rome is rather unconventional in that it does not name the deceased. It rather reflects the sentiment that death provides peace from worldly desires such as wealth. The inscription probably comes from a Christian burial context and is dated to the 4th-5th centuries CE.


H.L. Wilson and R. van Deman Magoffin,  “Latin Inscriptions at the Johns Hopkins University VIII,” American Journal of Philology 35 (1914), 421-434, 428.

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