Flavia Salvia

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 66 (Wilson 78 )
  • Measurements: Height: 14 cm, Width:  44 cm, Thickness: 4 cm
  • Material: Marble
  • Date/Culture: Roman, 1st century CE.
  • Provenance: Rome, Italy


“Niche II
Flavia Salvia, freedwoman of Decimus.
Decimus Flavius Barnaeus, freedman of Decimus,
gives this niche and inscription to the patron from his own money.”


This inscription labeled a burial niche in a columbarium. Flavia Salvia was a freedwoman of a man named Decimus. Her burial niche was paid for by a fellow freedman named Flavius Decimus Barnaeus. The inscription was found in Rome and is dated to the first century CE.


H.L. Wilson, “Latin Inscriptions at the Johns Hopkins University VI,” American Journal of Philology  32 (1911), 166-187, 183-4.

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