A published Roman marble dedication Plaque, Republican Period, ca. 2nd - 1st century BC


This early Roman plaque is from Tusculum, Italy, the inscription recording the dedication of a public building of some kind by two magistrates; Caius Volcacius Labeo and Marcus Plaetorius.   The inscription reads:

"C(aius) Volcacius C(ai) (f)ilius Labeo / M(arcus) Plaetorius L(uci) f(ilius) M(arci) n(epos) / aid(iles)"

that translates:

Caius Volcacius Labeo, son of Caius (and) / Marcus Plaetorius, son of Lucius, nephew of Marcus / councilors.

This plaque is referenced  in the following publications:

Sylloge Inscriptionum Latinarum 1460 (R. Garrucci, 1877)

CIL XIV 2638 (Dessau, Hermann - 1887)

Inscriptiones Latinae selectae (ILS) 2.1 6206 (Dessau, Hermann - 1902)

CIL I(2).2.1 1442 (Lommatzsch, Ernest - 1918)

Degrassi, Inscriptiones Latinae liberae rei publicae (ILLRP) 2 689 (Degrassi, Attilio - 1963)

Dimensions: Height: 2 1/4 inches (5.7 centimeters), Width: 12 3/4 inches (32 cm)

Condition:  Some minor surface losses that do not detract, intact and very good condition overall. Presented on a museum quality custom mount.

Provenance:  The plaque was first recorded 9th June 1742 by Giorgi (sched Casanat) at the Villa Taverna, in Tusculum, Italy and thereafter at the Villa Mondragone prior to 1872 where the Borghese family, who owned both Villas, collected and concentrated their collection of antiquities from the ruins of Tusculum.  It was thereafter mentioned by De Rossi around 1872 and Garruci (SIL, 1877, #1460).  However, when De Rossi and Dessau sought the piece around 1887, it had been relocated.   Thereafter, private French collection, J., assembled in the 1960s. 

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