dis manibus sacrum (D.M.S.)

Sacred to the ghost-gods

Notes

Refers to the Manes, Roman spirits of the dead. Loosely "To the memory of". A conventional inscription preceding the name of the deceased on pagan grave markings, often shortened to dis manibus (D.M.), "for the ghost-gods". Preceded in some earlier monuments by hic situs est (H. S. E.), "he lies here".

Words

  • dispossessing wealth or worth, rich