About Julia Velva
200AD - 300AD
This finely carved gravestone shows an upper class Roman dining scene. The size and quality of the stone is a statement of high family status, as is the scene it depicts.
The figure at the centre of the image is a woman, probably Julia herself, enjoying the meal reclining on a couch. She has a wine-jar in her hand. The carving also shows a young girl, seated, a small table, a young man - possibly a servant - and an older, bearded man in a tunic. This male figure is presumed to be Julia's heir, Aurelius Mercurialis.
The inscription beneath is translated as:
To the spirits of the departed (and) of Julia Velva: she lived most dutifully 50 years. Aurelius Mercurialis, her heir, had this set up , and in his lifetime made this for himself and his family.