Limestone plaque with bilingual inscription

Period: Early Imperial

Date: 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman, Cypriot

Medium: Limestone

Dimensions: Overall: 13 3/4 x 15 1/4 x 4 7/8 in. (34.9 x 38.7 x 12.4 cm)

Classification: Cesnola Inscriptions

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.2393


This funerary plaque is unusual in that it has inscriptions (CIL III, 6731 = IGR III, 983) in both Latin and Greek, each of which follows conventions appropriate to the respective language. It reads in Latin above: "Julia Donata, the freedwoman of Olympus, lies here," and in Greek below: "Good Ioulia Donata, the freedwoman of Olympos, farewell."