SNIPPETS OF HISTORY: ‘ ROMAN VASES FOUND STAMPED WITH MADE IN LATIN INSCRIPTION BY SLAVE ‘

#AceHistoryNews – ROME:Feb.17: The vases were stamped with the Latin inscription “Hermia Va(leri) (M)arci s(ervus) fecit,” meaning “Made by Hermias, slave of Marcus Valerius.”

Other stamps on the vases feature the words "HE" for Hermia, and a carved dolphin.

Possibly hinting to his country of origin, in his stamps the slave referred to a story told by Pliny the Elder about a boy named Hermias who rode the sea on a dolphin at Iasos in Caria, now in Turkey.

When the boy perished in a storm, the dolphin brought the body on the beach and lay down next to him to die.

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