Here lies a lawyer and an honest man …

Readers of this blog will know that this blogger is keenly interested in representations of Roman legal practice. To that end, the following tomb of a court lawyer from the Imperial period might be of interest in terms of iconography. It currently resides in the archaeological museum in Milan. Three pictures below. The first shows the lawyer reclining while being attended by a young assistant who is bringing him books or tablets. The second shows the lawyer appearing in front of a magistrate. Note the figure behind the lawyer, commonly believed to have been his father, a man of high status. The final picture is a not so good depiction of the inscription.

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