Bellissima questa epigrafe che si trova nel cortile del Museo Archeologico di Constanta. E’ il commovente saluto di Cecilia Artemisia, una giovane donna morta che racconta brevemente la sua vita e saluta i viandanti che, leggendo nella stele, vogliono sapere chi era.
“Perinthos, my husband, raised altar and stele. And if you want to know, passer-by, who and whose I am (listen): when I was 13 a young man loved me, worthy of us; then I married him and bore three children, a son first and then two daughters, the very image of my face; finally I bore a fourth time, though I should not any more. Because the child died first, and short time after, me too. I left the light of the sun when I was thirty. I, Cecilia Artemisia, lie here. Home and husband for me is Perinthos. My son’s name is Priscus and my daughter’s Hieronis; as regards Theodora, she was child in the house when I died. My husband Perinthos lives and mourns me with faint voice. As well, my good father weeps because I retreated here. I also have here my mother Flavia Theodora. Here also lies my husband’s father, Caecilius Priscus. I arrived in this family, but, behold, I died [Salutation!] A salutation to you too, whoever you should be, you (?) who pass by our graves!”
Funerary Epigram. Tomis, 2nd - 3rd cent. A.D.