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 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.”