Engraved in front between corner pilasters and within a framed rectangular panel with two lines of Latin inscription reading Pamphiles / anima sancta salve ("Hail, holy soul of Pamphile"), the sides carved with imitation ashlar masonry and fitted with mortises and remains of lead clamps for attachment of the now missing lid
The artist Girolamo Odam
(1681 – 1741), Rome
The sculptor Carlo Antonio
Napolioni (1675 – 1742), Rome, official restorer to the Museo Capitolino
Sotheby's, London, 17 – 18
July 1985, lot 588
Martha Hyder Collection
The reference to ‘holy soul’
is unusual in this pagan context. Such concepts as 'soul', 'sanctity' and
'innocence' on epitaphs do appear in pagan contexts but become particularly prevalent
in the later Roman, early Christian period.
Antonio Francisco Gori, Codex
Marucellianus A, 245 (letter dated 15 June 1740, probably from J. Odam)
Scipione Maffei, Museo Veronense, Verona, 1749, p. 281, no. 2.
Latinarum, Vol. VI: Inscriptiones Urbis Romae latinae, part 3,
Berlin, 1886, no. 23740.