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Dedicatory Inscription
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A view of the reproduction of the dedicatory inscription above the doorway at the entrance to the Isis Temple Complex.

"Numerius Popidius Celsinus, son of Numerius, at his own expenses restored from its foundations the Temple of Isis, which had collapsed in the earthquake [A.D. 62].

Because of his generosity, although he was six years old, the councilors enrolled him into their number without fee.


The current structures were built after the earthquake of A.D. 62 and thus were only 17 years old when Pompeii was buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. The well-preserved temple was one of the first discoveries at Pompeii in 1764!