The Puteoli Marble Block


Location: On Display in the Rome Gallery

From: Italy | Campania | Pozzuoli | Puteoli

Curatorial Section: Mediterranean

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Object Title The Puteoli Marble Block
Object Number MS4916A
Current Location Rome Gallery - On Display
Culture Roman
Provenience Italy | Campania | Pozzuoli | Puteoli
Period Imperial Roman Period
Date Made 95-102 CE
Section Mediterranean
Materials Marble (Stone)
Iconography Latin Inscription | Soldier
Inscription Language Latin Language

The Puteoli marble block.

Side A: Erased inscription honouring Domitian.Side B: Relief from a Trajanic arch.

The marble block was originally used for an honorific inscription that was later chiseled off, making it nearly unreadable today. The inscription lauded the emperor Domitian (AD 81-96) for his civic and military achievements, alluding to something he did (probably new road construction) for the town of Puteoli.

The relief belonged to an arch celebrating Trajan's military achievements.

Height 162 cm
Width 114.5 cm
Thickness 27 cm
Credit Line Museum Purchase, 1910

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