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Epitaphs and Funerary Art
What will they say about us when
we are dead?
Terracotta Army of Qin Shi
Huang
Terracotta Army of Qin Shi
Huang
Mausoleum of Augustus
Photo from livius.org
Mausoleum of Hadrian
Roman sarcophagus with married
couple
The couple are clasping right hands (dextrarum iunctio) with Cupid holding a
wedding torch.
Munich, Glyptothek. Credits: Barbara McManus, 1988
cinerary urn
name of dead woman is Thana Ancarui Thelesa; Etruscan, 150-100 BCE
London, British Museum. Credits: Barbara McManus, 1999
sarcophagus of male child with
relief of Prometheus story
Roman, third century CE
Capitoline museum, Rome. Credits: Barbara McManus, 1979
Sarcophagus of "the Magnate"
Tarquinia. Credits: Susan Bonvallet, 1994
Sarcophagus of a Roman man
and his wife, in the Louvre.
SLIDES OF JO ANN HAUGHTON
Etruscan sarcophagus of the
Married Couple from Banditaccia
SLIDES OF SUE OLSEN
Sarcophagus of the Married Couple
Photos from http://www.ou.edu/class/ahi4163/files/main.html
Sarcophagus of the Married Couple
Photos from http://www.ou.edu/class/ahi4163/files/main.html
Cavalry Tombstone of Longinus
Barbara F. McManus
Cavalry
Tombstone
of M.
Aemilius
Durises
Barbara F. McManus
Epitaphs at the Capitoline Museum
Bill Thayer’s “Lacus Curtius”
L. Avillus Dionysius, horse trainer
Translated:
Aquilo, ?grandfoal of
Aquilo,
won 130 races,
placed 88 times,
and showed 37
times.
Hirpinus, ?foal of
Aquilo,
won 114 races,
placed 56 times,
and showed 36
times.
To the gods of the afterlife:
Claudia Helice
erected this for Lucius Avillus
Dionysius,
trainer of the Red Team,
her most worthy spouse.
Photo and translation from Lacus Curtius
Numerius Quinctius, an actor
1
NVMERIVS QVINCTIVS · )) · LIBERTVS · COMICVS ·
SIBI · ET · QVINCTIAE · PRIMILLAE
COLLIBERTAE · ET · CONIVGI · SVAE ·
VIXI · CVM · EA · ANNOS · XXX ·
Translated:
In line 1, ) would stand for an (unnamed) woman:
)) stands for two women; or, conceivably, several.
Numerius Quinctius, a former slave freed by women, an actor:
for myself and for Quinctia Primilla
who was freed with me and was my wife.
I lived with her 30 years.
Photo and translation from Lacus Curtius
Epitaphs A
• sumus mortales,
immortales non sumus
• nihil sumus et fuimus
mortales. respice, lector, in
nihil ab nihilo quam cito
recidimus.
Epitaph B
• T. Cissonius, Quinti filius,
Sergianus, veteranus
legionis quintae Gallicae.
Dum vixi, bibi libenter.
Bibite vos qui vivitis.
Epitaphs C
• virum expecto
meum.
• sustineo in
aeterno toro
adventum
tuum.
Epitaphs D
• rogo te, viator, monumento
huic nil male feceris.
• ne quis hic urinam faciat.
• quod feceris et tibi alius
faciet.
Epitaphs E
• hic sita est Amymone Marci
optima et pulcherrima lanifica pia
pudica frugalis casta domiseda
• hic iacet Helpidius fatis extinctus
iniquis egregius iuvenis,
causarum orator honestus. qui
vixit annos XX.
Epitaphs F
• stans exit.
• D(is) m(anibus) et memoriae aetern(ae).
L(uci) Secundi Octavi, Treveri,
acerbissima morte defuncti, qui cum ex
incendio seminudus effugisset, posthabita
cura salutis, dum aliquit e flammis eripere
conatur, ruina parietis oppressus naturae
socialem spiritum corpusque origini
reddidit…
Epitaphs G
• pater filio quod filius
patri facere debuerat.
• t(u) m(ihi) d(ebueras)
f(acere), n(on) ego
tibi.
Epitaph H
• quod tu es ego
fui, quod nunc
sum et tu eris.
Your turn!
• “Hic iacet Magistra, in ludo extincta, docta,
amata, beata. Viator, disce et sape!”
• Epitaph Worksheet: Fill in the blanks
following steps 1-4.
• Show worksheet to teacher for approval.
• When approved, design a construction
paper tombstone with your epitaph.

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