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RNA2

Reference: RNA2 / Cat. No.

Period: Roman

Origin: Tunisia

Date: 120 – 200 AD

Description:

On discus: personification of Africa, female bust facing, wearing elephant headdress surmounted by trunk flanked by tusks, at r. is a larger tusk.

Base marked MNOVGERM
Marcus Novius Germanicus

Manufacture: Mould made.

Condition: Handle missing.

Notes:
Cf. Deneauve, 727-8, 908; Rosenthal & Sivan, 143 (stamped IVNIALEXI).
Pub: D. Knell, ‘Ancient Pottery Lamps’, Antique Collecting, June 2004.


Comments:
Taking this lampmaker as an example: M or 'Marcus' was the praenomen, or personal name. NOV or 'Novius' would be the nomen, signifying the gens, roughly the equivalent of a clan name or wider family. GERM or 'Germanicus' would be the cognomen, which began as a nickname but became a more specific family name after Republican times.



RNA2



Last edited: 14-09-2008

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