Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Cista Ficoroni from Rome or Praeneste?

On pg. 138, 140, 235 I refer to famous Cista Ficoroni (ILLRP 1197) and localize it at Praeneste. In the end, this localization seems to be correct—the cista was discovered in 1738 or 1743 in Palestrina (Praeneste) and is of a type which seems to have been a Praenestine specialty. But the picture is complicated some by the text itself which says NOVIOS PLAVTIOS MED ROMAI FECID. A possible solution would be to interpret this sentence as "Novius Plautius commissioned me at Rome."


Kruschwitz, Peter. 2002. Carmina saturnia epigraphica. Einleitung, Text und Kommentar zu den saturnischen Versinschriften. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, p. 30

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