ab urbe v[e]n[i] munus tibi gratum adf(e)roThe excavators render that colloquially as "I went to Rome and all I got you was this lousy stylus."
acul[eat]um ut habe[a]s memor[ia]m nostra(m)
rogo si fortuna dar[e]t quo possem
largius ut longa via ceu sacculus est (v)acuus
I have come from the City. I bring you a welcome gift
with a sharp point that you may remember me.
I ask, if fortune allowed, that I might be able (to give)
as generously as the way is long (and) as my purse is empty.
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Joke Souvenir from Ancient Rome
had an inscription: