Inscription on the Tomb of an Perfume Trader

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 18 October 2017

Sextus Haparonius Iustinus was a "seplasarius" -- a trader in perfumes and unguents -- who lived in what's present-day Cologne, Germany during the 2nd century CE. When he died, his "brothers" erected a funeral monument of stone in his honor. The inscription, originally set in its masonry, was found in St. Cunibert's Monastery in Cologne. The professional title "seplasarius" comes from the name of a street in Capua, in Campania, Italy. The perfumes created in the workshops there were of such high quality that the street name became a generic term. (Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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