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A Roman Altar in the Church of S. Maria Maggiore


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C · TITIENO · C · F · LEM
FLACCO · SEVIRO
EQVO · PVBLICO · AEDILI
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Gaio Titieno Gaii filii (ex tribu) Lemonia
Flacco, seviro,
equo publico (exornato), aedili.
Translation:
to Gaius Titienus Flaccus, of the tribe Lemonia,
sevir, honored by being given a horse at public expense,
(the "company car" that marked membership in the equestrian order)
aedile.

This particularly attractive funerary altar is that of a Roman priest. He was probably a local man, since Hispellum was assigned to the Lemonia tribe: see the inscription on the façade of S. Lorenzo. Based on the carving, a bit fussy but still crisp, I would guess a date sometime during the 2c A.D.?

It was once used as a holy water stoup. It is still near the front door of the church, thru the open door of which a telephoto lens caught it fairly well: as I mention elsewhere, inside the church photography is strictly forbidden.


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