Prayer to Venus

Fortunatus amat Amplianda(m).
Ianuarius amat Veneria(m).
Rogamus damna (:domina) Venus
ut nos in mente(m) habias (:habeas)
quod te modo introrgamus. (:interrogamus)

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Translation: Fortunatus loves Amplianda. Ianuarius loves Veneria. We ask mistress Venus that you keep us in mind (and also) that which we now ask of you.
Findspot: Herculaneum, Ramp (OutsideWalls.ow1)
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Language: Latin
Writing Style: Graffito/incised
  • Graffito Height: 7
  • Graffito Length: 11.7
  • Height from Ground: 122.4
  • Min Letter Height: 0.3
  • Max Letter Height: 1.3
Apparatus Criticus: Textus secundum (2), contulerunt et mensuras prehenderunt Hicks, Nyhuis, Rasmussen, Rebman a. 2014.
v. 1: lat.: 11; litt. alt.: 0,3-1,3 secundum (1)
v. 2: lat.: 11,5; litt. alt.: 0,3-0,7 secundum (1)
v. 3: DAMNA pro DOMINA; lat.: 9,5; litt. alt.: 0,3-0,9 secundum (1)
v. 4: HABIAS pro HABEAS; lat.: 9,5; litt. alt.: 0,3-1,0 secundum (1)
v. 5: INTRORGAMUS pro INTERROGAMUS; lat.: 11,5; litt. alt.: 0,3-0,7 secundum (1)
Bibliography: CIL 04, 10697 (1)
A. Varone, Titulorum graphio exaratorum qui in CIL vol. IV collecti sunt, Imagines, Roma 2012, vol. II, p. 513, con foto (2)
Link to EDR: #EDR140983
Suggested Citation: 'Prayer to Venus', The Ancient Graffiti Project Search Engine, <> [accessed: 17 Jul 2018]

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