Roman tombstone of a six-year-old girl
The dedication on this marble tombstone to a six-year-old girl, Publia Valeria Maxima, reads ‘May the earth lie lightly upon you’. The tombstone was set up to their ‘devout daughter’ by her parents, Oppia Valeria and Sextus Pomponius Capratinus. We know this from the Latin inscriptions.
It is not known where the tombstone was found. It was first recorded by John Brent, honorary curator of Canterbury Museum, in 1875 and had probably been imported from Italy by a collector earlier in the nineteenth century.
Tombstone to Publia Valeria Maxima