Friday, June 30, 2017
Things That Make Life Worth Living
He lived 52 years. To the Spirits of the Dead of Tiberius Claudius Secundus. He has everything with him here in his tomb. Baths, wine, and sex corrupt our bodies, but baths, wine, and sex make life worth living. Merope, slave of the emperor, made this for her dear slave husband [contubernalis] as well as for herself and their descendants.The Latin:
V(ixit) an(nos) LIII don't have access to I. Kajanto, "Balnea Vina Venus," in Hommages à Marcel Renard, ed. Jacqueline Bibauw (Brussels: Latomus, 1969), vol. II, pp. 357-367.
Ti(beri) Claudi Secundi
hic secum habet omnia
balnea vina Venus
nostra se<t> vitam faciunt
b(alnea) v(ina) V(enus)
fec(it) Merope Caes(aris)
et sibi et suis p(osterisque) e(orum)
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