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.

Sextus Lollius

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 […]


Translation “To the Spirits of the dead and to Saturnina She lived three years Tiberius Claudius Eclectus Her father made this.” Description This short inscription from Rome marked the tomb of Saturnia who died when she was three years old. Her father, Tiberius Claudius Eclectus, built her tomb.

Mettius (A Soldier)

Translation “To the Spirits of the Dead And to Quintus Mettius Anies Primitivus, son of Quintus, From Cremona. A  soldier in the 7th Praetorian cohort  under Iedarnus, He served for 22 years. Lucius Tusidius Sabinianus, son of Lucius, from the Velina tribe, A soldier in the 7th Praetorian cohort under Iedarnus, His recruit, Made this […]

Publius Septicius Dionysius

Translation “[This niche contains the remains] Of Publius Septicius Dionysius [and] Publius Septicius Nua [and] Septicia Anthe.” Description This columbarium plaque from the first century CE is kept very simple. It only contains the names of the three people – two men and a woman – who were buried in the niche in marked.

Marcus Popillius Achaicus

Translation “Marcus Popillius Achaicus Quietus son of Spurius, Is buried here. [He lived] 11 months.” Description This columbarium slab marked the tomb of a young boy who died before reaching his first birthday. It was found in Rome and is dated to the first century CE. His name illustrates the use of names in Rome: […]

Livia Acte and Claudius Felix

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 […]

“Splendor et Divitiae”

Translation “Not splendor nor riches, But tranquility of spirit and body Is provided here.” Description 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 […]

A Roman Lead Curse Tablet

The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum contains fragments related to five lead curse tablets from ancient Rome.  One of these tablets (JHUAM 2011.01) was recently conserved and placed on view, along with the original iron nail (JHUAM 2011.06) associated with it.  Objects such as this one are evidence of a common practice in Greek and Roman […]

Laberia Auxime

Translation “To the spirits of the dead And to Laberia Auxime Who lived 10 years 6 months and 12 days. Lucius Laberius Hermes made this Father.” Description This marble slab, dated to the second century CE and found in Rome, marked the grave of a young girl named Laberia Auxime. We learn that Laberia died […]

Coelia Athenaïs

Translation “To Coelia Athenaïs, freedwoman of Quintus Quintus Coelius Primus Patron [dedicated this].” Description This cinerary urn, dated to the first century CE, was dedicated to Coelia Athenaïs. Coelia appears to have come from Greece, as indicated by her second name. When she was freed she took the name of her former owner as a […]