Classical inscriptions (Room 78)

6th century BC  2nd century AD

Ancient Greek and Roman inscriptions are displayed in Room 78 and show how script engraved in stone was used to record and commemorate events and transactions.

These include examples of civic or official inscriptions such as laws, decrees, treaties and accounts of income and expenditure from public funds.

In the private sphere inscriptions on gravestones served to commemorate the dead. Many bear poignant epitaphs of remembrance.