The tombstone of Gessii
Marble. Ca. 50—20 BCE.
Inv. No. 37.100.
Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Photo by Roger B. Ulrich

The tombstone of Gessii.

Marble. Ca. 50—20 BCE.
Inv. No. 37.100.

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

Description:
Roman marble funerary relief of Publius Gessius and his family.
Publius Gessius is at the center. On the left: Fausta Gessia, a former slave freed by Publius. Their son, P(ublius) Gessius Primus (also a freed slave) is portrayed on the right. According to the inscriptions, Fausta paid for the tomb out of Publius’s estate. Boston Museum of Fine Arts, inv. 37.100.
Dated by the museum: ca. 50—20 B.C.
GESSIA P(UBLI) L(IBERTA) FAVSTA•P(UBLIUS) GESSIVS P(UBLI) F(ILIUS) (TRIBU) ROM(ILIA)•P(UBLIUS) GESSIVS P(UBLI) L(IBERTUS) PRIMUS
“Fausta Gessia, freedwoman of Publius, Publius Gessius, son of Publius, of the Romilian tribe, Publius Gessius Primus, freedman of Publius.”
Credits:
© 2009. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
Keywords: marble tombstone gravestone headstone funerary funeral relief portrait of the Gessii Fausta Gessia Publius Gessius Primus married couple husband wife libertus liberta liberti libertinus libertina libertini freedman freedwoman armor armour loricata cuirass toga Inv No 37 100
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