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62r (SM volume 39, Translation of and notes on Latin inscription)


62r (SM volume 39, Translation of and notes on Latin inscription)


HOC MONVMENTVM / TESTAMENTO / FIERI IVSSIT IHS (= HS, sign for sestertii?) [symbol of vertical downstroke followed by three inverted Cs = DCC - 700?] / ARBITRATV / HERMETIS ET PIFCVSAF TIBHoc monumentum testamento fieri iussit 700(?) sestertii arbitratu Hermetis et Pitecusae(?) Tib...'This monument was ordered to be made through a will, for 700(?) sesterces, by the decision of Hermes and Pithecusa(?). Tib...'Notesl.5: The first F of Soane's 'PIFCVSAF' may be a ligatured TE, and the second F an E: this would suggest Pitecusae. My thanks to Benet Salway for this suggestion. Another alternative would be Pithusa, which would suggest that Soane's first F is a T, and his C an H; this is perhaps less likely, but the name is well documented, unlike Pithecusa. Tib... may be the beginning of the name of the individual whose will directed that the monument should be set up.



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