Dedication by Alexander the Great to Athena Polias around 330 BC.

Room 78

Classical inscriptions

6th century BC – 2nd century AD
This gallery is available by appointment only.

Visiting the gallery

Opening times

This gallery is available by appointment only. Please contact the Department of Greece and Rome.

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

You can see 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.


  • Some objects in this collection feature on the British Sign Language guide handset, available from the audio guide desk in the Great Court.
  • This gallery has no level or lift access.

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