Latin Inscriptions: Dedications (1)

Inscriptions from the time of the Roman Republic, translated by E.H.Warmington (1940). The numbers in red refer to the Latin text in the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum.


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An inscription which runs in three lines, without spacing between words, round the edges of three small vases joined together at the sides into an equilateral triangle. Found at Rome, but probably not Roman work. Fourth century B.C.? A dedication combined with a curse?

By the gods Jupiter, Veiovis, and Saturn, he who presents me swears: Let the Maid not be kind to you; may she stand aloof, unless you are willing to make your peace with Lady Bounty Protectress. Goodman made me to be a blessing; so do not let it stand to my account as a bane for Goodman.


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Caso Cantovios and allies. Bronze plate found in the Fucine Lake.

Dialect-Latin or mixed Marsian and Latin. Every other line (except 3 and 4) runs from right to left.

Military dedication after a victory, c. 300 B.C.

Caso Cantovios Aprufclanos set up pillars at the Esalican boundary in the city Casontonia; and his allies brought a sacred gift to Angitia on behalf of Marsian legions.


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An Oscan merchant (?) Part of a marble pedestal found at Lindus in Rhodes; 300-250 B.C.

[a] From Lucius, son of M . . . Folius . . to Minerva of Lindus.

[b] From Lucius, son of M . . . to Athena of Lindus.


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Pillars or a temple at Praeneste. On stone found at Praeneste. 3rd century B.C. Nothing now survives after coraseron.

To Apollo . . . Metilius and overseers, superintended. . . . Gaius Anicius . . . fluting.


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Quintus Cestius and Kaeso Cestius. Pillar found near Praeneste.

Quintus Cestius and Kaeso Cestius, sons of Quintus, bestowed this as a gift on Hercules.


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Orcevia. Plate of bronze, Praeneste. Before 250 B.C.

I, Orcevia, Numerius' wife, gave this for my people's sake, to Fortune, first-born daughter of Jupiter.


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Lucius Geminius. Block of tufa found near Praeneste, c. 250 B.C.?

Lucius Geminius, son of Lucius, of Peltuinum, on behalf of himself and his loved ones, willingly and deservedly bestows this gift deservedly on Hercules; in the same terms of ritual an altar of Salus {"Safety"}.


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Dedication to Hercules. A pillar found by the Alban Lake.

. . . bestowed it as a gift on Hercules at the command of the commons.

Five stone pillars found with others at Pisaurum, three of them dedicated by women, and all probably during or before the second Panic War. The Latin is of local dialect, showing unwritten final sounds and phonetic peculiarities.


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Caesulla Atilia bestows this as a gift on Diana.


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To Feronia, given by Statius Tettius.


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To Queen Juno a gift, bestowed by matrons of Pisaurum.


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To Mother Matuta {"Morning"} a gift bestowed by matrons.

Added later? -

Given by Mania Curia and Pola Livia.


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To the Newly settled Gods. Publius Poppaeus, son of Publius (?).


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Lucius Oppius. On stone. Found at Mosciano.

Lucius Oppius, freedman of Gaius, bestowed this as a gift deservedly on Apollo.


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Salvius Burtius. On stone. Avezzano.

Salvius Burtius, son of Vibius, bestowed this as a gift deservedly on Jupiter.


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Salvius Flavius and Statius Flavius. On stone. Found near Trasacco.

Salvius Flavius and Statius Flavius gave this as a gift to Victory willingly and deservedly.


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A dedication in the temple of Aesculapius, Isle of the Tiber.

. . . Aulus L . . . Flaccus son of Lucius as aediles contracted for the making of this work out of Aesculapius' gift-money. They likewise as praetors acceptably completed it.


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Staiedius, Salviedius and Pacius. Pedestal found at Trasacco.

Statius Staiedius, Vibius Salviedius, and Petro Pacius, an altar to Fucinus.


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Vibius Vettius. On a pillar found near Castelluccio di Lecce.

Vibius Vettius, son of Salvius, bestowed this gift willingly and deservedly on the Goddess of Health.


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Anian quarter (unknown). Castelluccio di Lecce.

The Anian quarter bestow this gift on the Goddess of Health.


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Titus Vettius. Found at Navelli (territory of the Vestini).

Titus Vettius bestowed this as a gift on Hercules, Jupiter's son, for favours granted.


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Salvius Seius. Pillar found at Superaequum. Before 220 B.C.

[a] Salvius Seius, Lucius' boy bestowed this as a gift on Hercules. Favours were granted.

[b] {added later} Seius Salvius, a boy, to Hercules the Conqueror.


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Vibius Atiedius. On stone found at Ortona, now lost?

From Vibius Atiedius to Vesuna Erinis' daughter, and to Sire Erinis, as a gift willingly and deservedly.


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Gaius Hinuleius. On a small casket. Found near Cales. c. 250 B.C.

Gaius Hinuleius, freedman of Gaius, bestowed this as a gift on Apollo.


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Publius Cornelius Lentulus, consul in 236 B.C.? On the side of an altar. Rome. 236 B.C.?

Publius Cornelius, consul, son of Lucius, acceptably completed this as sacred to Mars.


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Marcus Aemilius and Gaius Annius. Small brass plate, bought by J. Friedländer at Rome. Third century B.C.

Marcus Aemilius son of Marcus, and Gaius Annius son of Gaius, praetors, on behalf of the people gave a twentieth to Jupiter.


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Lucius Albanius. Pedestal of stone found in the Tiber. Third century B.C.

To Aesculapius; a gift bestowed by Lucius Albanius son of Kaeso.


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Gaius Bruttius. Pedestal of stone. Rome.

Gaius Bruttius bestows this as a gift deservedly on Aesculapius.


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Marcus Populicius. Pedestal of stone found in the Tiber.

To Aesculapius; a gift bestowed willingly and deservedly by Marcus Populicius son of Marcus.


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Marcus Pompilius and Gaius Pompilius. Pedestal of stone found in the Tiber.

Marcus Pompilius and Gaius Ponipilius, sons of Novius, gave this to Hercules.


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Bicoleius. On stone. Rome.

Marcus (?) Bicoleius, freedman of Vibius, bestowed this gift deservedly on Honour.


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Unknown. Pedestal of stone found in the Tiber.

. . . son of Quintus bestowed this gift deservedly on Numisius Martius.


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Marcus Trebonius. Pedestal of stone.

To Numisius Martius; Marcus Trebonius, freedman of Gaius, bestows this gift willingly and deservedly.


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Marius (?) Popius. On a bronze urn found in the domain of Capena.

Marius (?) Popius son of Statius bestowed this as a gift deservedly on Numisius Martius.


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Plautus Specius. Bronze plate of unknown origin; now at Florence.

Plautus Specius brings this as a gift for Minerva.


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Marcus Mindius and Publius Condetius. Bronze plate of unknown origin.

The aediles Marcus Mindius son of Lucius, and Publius Condetius son of Valesus, gave Apollo's twentieth.


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Marcus Livius. On stone, found at Nemi.

Given to Diana by Marcus Livius, praetor, son of Marcus.


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Papiria, a nurse. On a bronze spear-point, Nemi.

To Diana deservedly. Nurse Papiria.


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Gaius Placentius. Bronze plate found near Tibur.

[a] Gaius Placentios son of Herius; something sacred for Mars.

[b] Gaius Placentius son of Herius bestowed this gift on Mars.


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Teucus Mulvius. Pedestal of stone. Genzano.

To Spes {"Hope"}; a gift bestowed by Teucus Mulvius.


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Two dedications of Marcus Furius. Small pillars found at Tusculum. c. 225 B.C. or later.

Marcus Furius, military tribune, son of Gaius, gave this to Fortune out of spoils.


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Marcus Furius, military tribune, son of Gaius, gave this to Mavors out of spoils.


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Lucius Terentius and others. Bronze tablet found near Firmum Picenum.

Lucius Terentius son of Lucius, Gaius Aprufenius son of Gaius, Lucius Turpilius son of Gaius, Marcus Albanius son of Lucius, and Titus Munatius son of Titus, quaestors, gave this out of fines-money.


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Quintus and Aulus Aedicius and Titus Rebinius. Bronze urceus. Lanuvium.

Quintus Aedicius and Aulus Aedicius, sons of Quintus, and Titus Rebinius, son of Quintus, aediles, out of fines-money.


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The Supinate village of the Marsians. On stone found at Trasacco.

The Supinate village bestowed this as a gift willingly and deservedly on Victory . . . quaestors: Salvius Magius, son of Statius, and Pacuvius Anaiedius, son of Statius.


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Aulus Cervius, consul of Beneventum. On a fragment of a pillar found at Beneventum. Third century B.C.

Aulus Cervius, consul, son of Aulus, dedicated this.


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Gaius Faldilius, consul of Beneventum. On an old wall at Beneventum.

Dedicated, as things sacred to Juno Quiris, by Gaius Faldilius, consul, son of Lucius.

Painted on earthen dishes (paterae) or pitchers (urcei) for temples. Before the second Punic War (cf. CIL, I, 439-459).


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a patera from Vulci, now in the British Museum.

Equity's dish


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a patera from Clusium.

Aesculapius' dish


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a patera found at Florence

Belola's dish


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a patera found near Horta; now lost

Care's dish


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an urceus found at Tarquinii

Minerva's dish


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a patera found at Horta

Safety's dish


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an urceus found at Tarquinii

Venus' dish


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a dish found at Vulci

Juno's dish


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a fragment of an urceus found at Lanuvium, now in the British Museum.

Vesta's dish


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on a patera found at Ardea; the words run from right to left.

Sell you not. For a god.


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On a piece of a disk. Rome.

He bestowed this as a gift on Minerva.


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M. Minucius, dictator. On one side of an altar found at Rome. 217 B.C.

To Hercules a sacred gift vowed by Marcus Minucius, dictator, son of Gaius.


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Marcus Claudius Marcellus. On a stone pedestal. Found at Rome. 211 B.C.

Marcus Claudius, consul, son of Marcus, took this as booty from Henna.


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Another dedication of Claudius Marcellus. On stone. Found at Rome. 211 B.C.

To Mars, given by Marcus Claudius, consul, son of Marcus.


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C. Aurelius, praetor urbanus in 202 B.C., consul in 200. Pedestal of stone. Found in Diana's Grove. 200 B.C.

Gaius Aurelius, son of Gaius, gave this when he was praetor for the second time; he likewise acceptably completed it when consul.


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Lucius Quinctius Flamininus. Piece of an architectural abacus. Found at Praeneste. 102 B.C.

Lucius Quinctius, son of Lucius took this as booty from Leucas; he likewise made a gift of it when he was consul.


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M. Fulvius Nobilior. Pedestal of stone. Found at Rome. 189 B.C.

Marcus Fulvius Nobilior, consul, son of Marcus, grandson of Servius, took this as booty from Ambracia.


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Another dedication of Fulvius Nobilior. Pedestal of stone. Found at Tusculum. 189 B.C. (the inscription recut in the Augustan age ?).

Marcus Fulvius, consul, son of Marcus, grandson of Servius, took this as booty from Aetolia.


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Lucius Aemilius Paullus. Tablet of marble. Found at Delphi. 167 B.C.

Lucius Aemilius, son of Lucius, commander-in-chief, took this as booty from King Perseus and the Macedonians.


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Titus Terentius. A small stone pedestal found at Rome. Not much later than 200 B.C.

To Crow, a gift deservedly made by Titus Terentius, freedman of Lucius and of Gaius.


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On a stone found near Rome.

Sacred possession of a divine Crow.


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Gaius Manlius Acidinus, consul at Ariminum. Small tablet of bronze, dedicated to Diana, Nemi. c. 190 B.C.

Gaius Manlius Acidinus, consul, on behalf of the people of Ariminum.


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Publilia Turpilia. Tablet of bronze, Nemi. c. 150 or later, imitating an older style.

Publilia Turpilia, wife of Gnaeus, on behalf of her son Gnaeus, bestowed this statue on Diana as a gift.


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Lars (?) Cotena. Bronze tablet at Falerii.

The praetor Lars (?) Cotena, son of Lars, by a vote of the Senate bestowed this as a gift vowed sacred to Minerva. When it was bestowed, it was dedicated duly in set form of words.


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A dedication to Mater Mursina. On the margin of a strainer found near Cortona.

Sacred to Mother Mursina.


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Quintus Caecilius. Marble epistyle. Lanuvium. Not later than c. 90-85 B.C.

Quintus Caecilius, freedman of Gnaeus and of Aulus Caecilius and of Quintus Flaminius, to Juno, Saviour, Mother and Queen.


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Gaius Rutilius; someone on his behalf. Bronze tablet, ruins of temple of Juno, Norba. Second century B.C.

A gift to Juno Lucina on behalf of Gaius Rutilius, son of Publius.


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Publius Rutilius. Bronze tablet. Norba. Second cent. B.C.

Publius Rutilius, son of Marcus, gave this deservedly to Juno Lueina in Jupiter's Fasting-time.


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Unknown. A broken plate of bronze. Of Latin origin.

To Juno Lucina, after celebrating Jupiter's Fasting-time.


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Aulus Titinius. On a tablet. Found at Tarentum. 3rd or 2nd cent. B.C.

[a] Aulus Titinius, son of Aulus gave a chapel as a vow deservedly to Diana.

[b] Repeated in Greek.


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Marcus Vertuleius and Publius Vertuleius. On a stone found near Sora. c. l50 B.C. or later. Saturnians.

Marcus Vertuleius and Publius Vertuleius, sons of Gaius. In payment of the vow which their father, disheartened, dishevelled, despairing in his smitten fortunes, vowed here, his children bestow willingly and most deservedly a gift upon Hercules, having set aside a tithe and having offered it at a sacred banquet. At the same time they pray that you may often doom them to fulfilment of vow.


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Cleon. On the bronze base of a column found in Sardinia. Trilingual, c. 150 B.C.

[a] Cleon, servant of the Associated Company of Salt-farmers, bestowed this gift willingly and deservedly on Aesculapius Merre the well-deserving.

[b] Cleon, foreman of the salt-revenue, set up an altar as a dedication to Asclepius Merre according to Divine command.

Punic text follows.


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Himilco. A marble pedestal found in Sardinia. Not earlier than Sulla's time. Bilingual.

To Himilco, son of Idnibal, who superintended the building of this temple by decree of the state, Himilco his son set up this statue.

Punic text follows.


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C. Volcacius. On a pavement found on the Isle of the Tiber.

Gaius Volcacius, a seer, son of Gaius, gave this, for a memorial, to Jupiter of Oaths; from the offertory.


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Lucius Mummius, consul 146 B.C., triumphed in 145 B.C. Tablet of stone found at Rome on the Mons Caelius; dedicated in 142 B.C. Saturnians (except lines 9? and 10). The temple mentioned is otherwise unknown.

Lucius Mummius, consul, son of Lucius.

Under his leadership his auspices and his command Achaia was taken, and Corinth laid waste. He then returned to Rome in a triumph. In recompense for these exploits prosperously achieved, he the commander is the dedicator of this temple and statue of Hercules the Conqueror; which he had vowed in the war.


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Another dedication of Lucius Mummius. Found at Italica in Spain. 146 B.C. Dedicated to a god, presented to Italica.

Lucius Mummius, son of Lucius, commander-in- chief, gave this on the capture of Corinth to the country-town of Italica.


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Dedication by a merchant Lucius Munius. On a carved stone found near Riati, now in the Palazzo Communale there. c. 145-140 B.C. Hexameters.

O Hallowed one!

O Conqueror, Lucius Munius fulfilled a vision that he saw in his mind, that by good old custom he should make thee this gift out of tithe in return for interest on money, asking thee by thy grace to make it easy for him to exact and pay debts. Make him afford thee a tithe in true account, and in token of this and other gifts grant worthy blessings to a deserving man.


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Titus Quinctius, consul in 150 or 123 (or even 198) B.C. On an altar found near Florence.

To Fortune, as a sacred gift from Titus Quinctius, by a vote of the Senate.


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Gaius Fannius, consul in 122 B.C. On a small stone pedestal found at Rome.

Gaius Fannius, consul, son of Marcus, gave this by a vote of the Senate.


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Quintus Minucius Rufus. On a pedestal found at Delphi. Between 110 and 106 B.C.

Quintus Minucius Rufus, the ambassador, son of Quintus, to Pythian Apollo, deservedly.


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Quintus Pomponius and Lucius Tullius. Found at Cora. Late in the second century B.C.?

The praetors Quintus Pomponius son of Quintus, and Lucius Tullius son of Servius bought this with Mars' money.


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Sextius Calvinus (son of Sextius Calvinus, consul in 124?). On an altar at Rome. c. 90-80 B.C.

Sacred maybe to god maybe to goddess, this altar was restored by the praetor Gaius Sextius Calvinus, son of Gaius, on a vote of the Senate.


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Sulla on behalf of his sister. On a fragment of an architrave found at Verona. Before 78 B.C.

Lucius Cornelius Sulla, son of Lucius, built this in the name of his sister Cornelia.


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Titus Quinctius and Lucius Tullius. On an altar found at Rome.

Titus Quinctius, son of Quintus; and Lucius Tullius, son of . . .; and . . . Caltilius, freedman of Caltilia, presidents from two hamlets and of the Sulpician quarter.


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Dedication to Juno Lucina. Capua.

An altar dedicated to Tusculan Juno Lucina.


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Publicia. On a stone tablet found at Rome.

Publicia daughter of Lucius, wife of Gnaeus Cornelius son of Aulus, built for Hercules a temple with folding doors. She likewise caused it to be cleaned, and restored an altar sacred to Hercules. The performance of all these works she superintended out of her own and her husband's estate.


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Paula Tutia. On stone. Now lost.

Paula Tutia, daughter of Marcus, and her fellows worshippers.


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Lucius Apuleius. On an altar found at Tibur. Now lost.

To Diana of the Grove, the Help-bringing Goddess, from Lucius Apuleius Antiochus (?), freedman of Lucius.


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Agatho. On part of an architrave. Found near Trieste.

. . . Agatho, freedman of Lucius and servant of the associate harbour-masters . . . and these pillars, under the superintendence of himself and that of his son, he bestowed as a gift willingly and deservedly on Minerva.


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Abennaeus. Found at S. Pelagii.

Abennaeus Cattius, slave of Marcus, made a wall and its pinnacles and doors at his own cost and dedicated them to Minerva.


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Fausta Veidia. A small pillar found near Spurcola.

Paid as a vow to Jupiter willingly and deservedly by Fausta Veidia.


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Novius Ofalius (Ofellius). Tablet of marble at Rome.

Novius Ofalius, son of Novius, of the Quirine tribe, bestows this as a gift deservedly, on behalf of himself and his household, on Liber.


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African soldiers. Pedestal found at Avezzano.

To Hercules, bestowed as a gift by African soldiers from The Caecilian Camp.

Gaius Saltorius, son of Gaius, superintended as the overseer.


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Publius Pomponius. On a small pillar found at Cività d'Antino.

Publius Pomponius, son of Numerius, bestowed this as a gift on Angitia willingly and deservedly.


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Quintus Mucius. On an altar found at Rome.

Quintus Mucius Trypho, freedman of Quintus, vowed this when he was a slave, and paid it willingly and deservedly when free; a gift sacred to the Bona Dea {"Good Goddess"}.


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Cn. Vinucius and M. Vinucius. On a pillar found at Atina in Lucania.

Gnaeus Vinucius and Marcus Vinucius, sons of Gnaeus, made deservedly a willing gift of these images.


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Maxima Nasia. Round the stone lid of a sacred money-box. Found near Cluentum.

A gift of Maxima Nasia, daughter of Gnaeus, to Apollo.


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C. Antestius. A small pedestal found at Tibur, now lost.

To Hercules from Gaius Antestius, censor, son of Gnaeus, a second gift after dedicating a tithe.


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Gaius Marcius. Apparently found at Puteoli. Lost?

[a] To Hercules a sacred offering made by Gaius Marcius Alexander, freedman of Gaius. Slave, he vowed it; free, he paid the vow.

[b] To Hercules a sacred gift from Gaius Marcius Alexander, freedman of Gaius.


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Corvius. Found at Amiternum.

Titus Corvios, son of Attius (?), to Feronia, as a gift deservedly.


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Publicius and Postumius. Near Trieste.

To Vica of Noricum, Aulus Publicius A . . . freedman of Decimus, Publius Postumius, freedman of Publius, superintended the making of this hard floor.


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Pamphilus. On a tablet found at Ienikieui (Amphipolis).

Pamphilus Pescennius, slave of Quintus, willingly and deservedly paid to Mercury on behalf of his son the vow as he promised.


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C. Saufeius and C. Orcevius. On a pillar found at Praeneste.

Gaius Saufeius Sabinus, son of Gaius, and Gaius Orcevius Sabinus, son of Marcus, censors, acceptably completed these altars to Juno of the Fig-Tree.


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Lucius Pescennius. Bronze tablet found at Firmum. Now lost.

[a] Lucius Pescennius, son of Titus, bestowed this as a gift deservedly on Mercury.

[b] Sacred to Jupiter of the Styx.


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Cauponius an Aufestius. Tablet of marble. Tibur.

To Felicitas {Happiness}, from the aediles Titus Cauponius, son of Titus, and Gaius Aufestius, son of Gaius.


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Lucius Aufidius. Found at Barzano (territory of the Vestini).

This has been bestowed with pleasure by Lucius Aufidius, son of Decimus . . . as a further gift deservedly on Hercules, after dedicating a tithe . . . he begs thee. Thou art a holy god who thy . . . seeks thy goodwill. . . . Render help!

Dedications (to Mercury?) of men named Orbius, and belonging to a guild of Mercuriales, at Delos. Presented to merchants.


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[i] Lucius (?) Orbius. On a pedestal. 87 B.C.

Lucius Orbius, son of Marcus, foreman for the men from Italy.


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[ii] Freedmen of Lucius Orbius. Tablet of marble. Bilingual.

[a] Lucius Orbius and Lucius Orbius, freedmen of Lucius, foremen for the men from Italy; a laconicum {Spartan sweating-room}.

[b] Lucius Orbius Licinus, and Lucius Orbius Diphulus, freedmen of Lucius, having become officers for the worship of Mercury, for the men from Italy.


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Lucius Rantius. Found on Ischia Island or at Naples. Bilingual.

[a] From Lucius Rantius, son of Lucius, of the Tromentine tribe to the Water-Goddesses.

[b] From Lucius Rantius, son of Lucius, to the Nymphs.

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