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Roman stonemason’s error

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Bust of a small child from 75 CE
Bust of a toddler from 75 CE

Sometimes, everyone can mistakenly rewrite or copy content without much thought, based on the template. It was not different in ancient Rome.

An inscription from Hippo Regius (modern city of Annaba in Algeria) has survived to our times: HIC IACET CORPVS PVERI NOMINANDI, meaning “Here lies the body of boy to be named”. The stonemason mistakenly repeated the template of the inscription and forgot to add the name of the deceased child.

  • Alison Cooley, The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy

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