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Latin Inscriptions in the Kelsey Museum

The Dennison and De Criscio Collections

Steven L. Tuck

Publication Year: 2005

The Latin inscriptions in the Kelsey Museum are among the best primary sources we have for documenting the lives of the lower classes in the Roman world. They provide unique evidence of the details of Roman daily life, including beliefs, occupations, families, and attitudes toward death. The 400 entries in this volume include all of the Latin inscriptions on stone or metal in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan; they represent the largest, and arguably the most important, collection of Latin inscriptions in the Western Hemisphere. The collection is notable not just for its size but for the fact that almost all the inscriptions were acquired by purchase for their scholarly and educational value to the members of the university community. Because of this, the collection is also an important testimony to a seminal phase in the development of the study of Classics at the University of Michigan. For the first time ever, this project makes the Latin inscriptions of the Kelsey available in one volume and has provided an opportunity to reexamine some texts that have not been edited in over a century. The commentaries for this edition have benefited from a wealth of recent scholarship resulting in some amended readings and reidentification of texts. Steven L. Tuck is Assistant Professor of Classics at Miami University of Ohio. The Kelsey Museum Studies series, edited by University of Michigan professors Elaine Gazda, Margaret Cool Root, and John Pedley, is designed to publish unusual material in the Museum's collections, together with reports of current and past archaeological expeditions sponsored by the University of Michigan.

Published by: University of Michigan Press

Title Page

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pp. iii-

Copyright

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pp. iv-

Contents

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

Theodor Mommsen could have written this book without help. No one regrets more than I do that I am not Theodor Mommsen, but I am compensated for this failing by being able to thank the many individuals and organizations that aided me in writing this book. Lauren Talalay, Associate Director of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology,...

Editing Conventions

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

The 400 entries in this volume include all of the Latin inscriptions on stone or metal in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan; they represent the largest, and arguably the most important, collection of Latin inscriptions in the...

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1. De Criscio Collection: Inscriptions from Campania

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pp. 11-171

Coarse-grained white marble slab, 0.298 × 0.140 × 0.034, broken in half and mended. Weathering and flaking are particularly pronounced along the bottom. A notch cut in the lower right edge of the stone and the smoothly dressed reverse indicate reuse of the...

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2. Dennison Collection and Other Inscriptions from Rome

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pp. 173-223

Irregularly rectangular, medium-grained gray marble slab, 0.197 × 0.14 × 0.022, broken along the left edge. The top, right, and bottom edges are original and roughly dressed. This fragment preserves...

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3. Inscriptions from Africa and Asia

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pp. 225-227

White limestone stele, 0.22 × 0.275 × 0.106, crumbling from salt reefflorescence. The front is smoothly dressed, while the rear and edges are partially dressed. This is one of the few objects in the catalogue to come to the Kelsey through its excavations, this one occurring...

Bibliography

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pp. 229-240

Indexes

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pp. 241-254


E-ISBN-13: 9780472025473
E-ISBN-10: 0472025473
Print-ISBN-13: 9780472115167
Print-ISBN-10: 0472115162

Page Count: 264
Illustrations: 399 B&W photographs
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: Kelsey Museum Studies

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  • Inscriptions, Latin -- Private collections -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Catalogs.
  • Kelsey Museum of Archaeology -- Catalogs.
  • Dennison, Walter, 1869-1917 -- Archaeological collections -- Catalogs.
  • Criscio, Giuseppe de, 1826-1911 -- Archaeological collections -- Catalogs.
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