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Carmina Latina Epigraphica 185 = Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum 1.1219 (6.24563) = Inscriptiones Latinae Selectae 7976, tr. E. Courtney, Musa Lapidaria (Atlanta: Scholar's Press, 1995), p. 49:
Here lie the bones of Prima (slave of?) Pompeia. Fortune pledges many things to many people, but pays up to none. Live for the day and the hour, for nothing is held in perpetuity.

The gift of Salvius and Heros.
The Latin, from Courtney, p. 48:
    PrImae PompeIae ossua heic.
Fortuna spondet multa multIs, praestat nemini.
uIue in dies et horas, nam proprium est nihil.
    Saluius et Heros dant.
In addition to Courtney's commentary (p. 240), see Peter Kruschwitz, "Notizen zu CIL I² 1219," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 133 (2000) 243-247.

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