Object: Armband

Gold with glass paste eyes
River Sarno, Muregine

Inside, this armband is inscribed: DOMINUS ANCILLAE SUAE ‘From the master to his slave’. The value of the gift, and the inscription, suggest an intimate relationship between a Roman master and his slave girl. Sex between a master and slave was not considered a scandal, but a common domestic occurrence.

SAP No: 81580
Where was this found?
Relation to Daily Life in Pompeii


Pompeii was a hub of trade and travel, and its wealthier residents were knowledgeable about all the latest fashion and beauty trends from Rome and beyond…

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