Item: Roman tablet with Latin inscription
Place of origin: Found on Via Appia outside Rome
Date of origin: 1st - 2nd Century AD
Accession number: 71/142
Description: Tablet erected by Titus Aelius Dionysius an imperial Freedman, for himself and his wife, and for his comrade, Aelius Perseus. Originally found by the antiquary Francisco Ficoroni in the mid-18th Century in 'the Morona vineyard' on the Via Appia outside Rome. He sold it to the 2nd Earl of Bessborough and later it passed into the Lonsdale Collection at Lowther Castle.
It was published in Volume VI of the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, and the reference is given with the prefix CIL 10676. It is quite possible that the tablet is from a columbarium [literally dovecote], a rectangular chamber, partly above partly below ground, its interior walls with rows of niches for cinerary urns with a tablet centred above each.
The inscription reads:
To the Blessed Souls
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