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Ara degli Scribi
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Votive Crown
Ara degli Scribi
Votive Crown

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Ara-cinerary with a parallelepiped shape and very slender proportions: although worked in a single block, it is imagined as structurally composed of two overlapping elements of different function, the upper part of the cinerary, the lower part of the sepulchral macaw. On both sides of the altar there is a symposium scene, which alludes to the afterlife happiness. In the lower part of the monument two scenes are depicted representing the professional activity of the deceased: in the center of a sort of predella there is a small table with turned legs on which a stack of large tabulae desks is ordered. Two inscriptions are engraved on the front of the macaw; one on the macaw body, the other on the lid. They refer to two brothers Q. Fulvius Priscus and Q. Fulvius Faustus united by the same profession: the two characters were both scribes at the service of the Curuli construction workers, of senatorial rank. The monument was probably commissioned by his father Q. Fulvius Eunus. Belonging to the category of apparitores, assistants to the main magistrates, the scribes carried out the duties of secretaries assigned to administrative functions; mainly freed, but often also equestrian, the scribes had easy access to superior social positions thanks to privileged contact with men of power. As for dating, thanks to stylistic-antique elements, it is possible to place it between 25 and 50 AD.

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