Livia Acte and Claudius Felix

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 41 (Wilson 9)
  • Measurements: Height: 33.8 cm, Width: 17 cm, Thickness: 3.5 cm
  • Material: Marble
  • Date/Culture: Roman, 1st century CE.
  • Provenance: Porta Pia, near S. Agnese; Rome, Italy


“To Livia Acte and
Claudius Felix.
In this monument
Gaius Heiuleius Galenus dedicated two urns
And it is forbidden to walk here.”


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 tomb, but we do not learn his relationship to the deceased.

The last two words are a common phrase in Latin tomb inscriptions and intend to keep passers-by from entering the tomb and its surrounding area. The inscription was found in Rome and is dated to the first century CE.


H.L. Wilson, “Latin Inscriptions at the Johns Hopkins University III,” American Journal of Philology 30 (1909), 153-170, 157-8.

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