Funerary altar stone

1st century

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

Museo Arqueológico Nacional
Madrid, Spain

Funerary Roman monuments were a lavish expression of love, admiration or memories the living had for their deceased loved ones. Like any Roman funerary monument, the altar is dedicated to the Manes, the gods of the souls of the dead, who will forever take care of the deceased, the young Licinia Licinilla. Her family wanted anyone who passed by the tomb to wish their deceased relative well in her immortality. This type of request is common in Roman necropolises, as the burials were on either side of the viae and itinera. This funerary altar sits on a moulded pedestal. On the front we find the epigraph, also framed with moulds, containing the text about Licinia Licinilla. The altar is topped with a pediment and side acroteria. On the upper part, the focus, there is a semi-circular hollow used for leaving offerings in honour of the deceased. The sculpted sides bear a patera and a ritual jug, a guttus.


  • Title: Funerary altar stone
  • Date Created: 1st century
  • Provenance: Italica (Santiponce, Seville, Spain)
  • Type: Epigraphy
  • Rights: Museo Arqueológico Nacional
  • External Link: CERES
  • Medium: Marble
  • Cultural Context: Roman Empire

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