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CIL VI, 2357 (Rome, now at the Vatican). © Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum – BBAW …Hospes, ad hunc tumulum/ ne meias ossa precantur/ tecta hominis, set si gratus/ homo es, misce bibe da mi. Visitor, the buried bones of (this) man, beseech that you not urinate at this tomb, but if you are an agreeable man, mix (a libation), drink it, and give me some.
One incredible luck for dacian archaeology: in 1965, in Philippi (Greece) was discovered a tombstone of a roman officer. It turned out to be the leader of the unit that was tasked by the emperor Trajan to track down Decebalus, the last of the dacian kings! You can see that, even if he had a long military career (revealed by the inscription), his most important achievement was that from the Dacian Wars, sculpted on the upper part of the stone, a carving similar to that frim the Trajan's Column.
marble tombstone of Helena; Roman, 150-200 CE The inscription reads "To Helena, foster-child [alumna], well-deserving and incomparable soul." Although the language suggests a human foster-child, only a dog is carved on the stone, so a wealthy family may have set up this stone to commemorate a beloved pet that they thought of as a member of the family. Getty Villa