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Square marble burial chest in the form of an altar. The funerary inscription, placed beneath a framed relief of a reclining figure surrounded by three additional figures, dedicates it for Atimetus. There is a circular cavity in the top, and the sides are decorated with a vessel and annule.
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Height: 47 centimetres (with cover)
Width: 36.25 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Bibl.: CIL VI 8525, also VI p. 3459 and p. 3890 and V 23*, 5, n. 37; Altmann, W. (1905) Die Romischen Grabaltare der Kaiserzeit (Berlin: Weidmann) p. 194, no. 263; errore VI 825;
Boschung, D. (1987) Antike Grabaltaltre aus den Nekropolen Roms. (Bern: Sta¤mpfli) (Acta Bernensia. Beitrange zur praehistorischen, klassischen und jaengeren Archaeologie; 10).
S. 114 Nr. 966; Taf. 57
Booms, D. (2016) Latin Inscriptions (London: British Museum) p. 29
Space probably did not permit Atimetus and his son Fortunatus to display their full names, but given the nomen Flavia of Dada, Atimetus’ wife and a fellow freedwoman, it is more than likely that their nomen was Flavius as well and that all three had been freed by one of the Flavian emperors (AD 69-96) or their family members .
Atimetus had quite an important task at the imperial palace (sometimes called castrum), as he was responsible for the upkeep of all furniture. The inscription is a fine example of the two-partite name of a female freedwoman, and potentially of the ‘ironic’ nature of many slave names. More common than any other slave names were Fortunatus, ‘Lucky’, or Felix, ‘Happy’. In this case, however, perhaps his own parents named him so, as he was luckier than some, to be born into the imperial household.
- Not on display
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- Formerly belonging to the Della Valle Collection, and was at one time at the Church S. Apollinaris, Rome.
- Greek and Roman
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