Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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[272] Painted Grave of Hekataios the Soldier from Thyatira (early II BCE) Sidon - Syria and Phoenicia

Sidon (Syria and Phoenicia, Greater Syria and the East — Pleiades map), early II BCE
AGRW 272 = Th. Macridy “A travers les necropoles sidoniennes.” Revue biblique 13 (1904), 549-550 (B) = Gustave Mendel, Catalogue des sculptures grecques, romaines et byzantines (Constantinople: En vent au, 1912-14), 263-264 (no. 104) = AGRW ID# 1889


Slab of limestone. The painting depicts a standing soldier with helmet, shield, and lance. Now in the archeological museum in Istanbul (inv. 1168).

The companions (hetairoi) set this up for Hekataios son of Menogenes, the Thyatiran. Farewell courageous Hekataios!

Translation by: Harland

Ἐκατ[αι]ον Μηνογένου | θεατει[ρην]ὸν οἱ ἑταῖροι | Ἐκατα[ῖε χρ]ηστὲ | χ[αῖρε].

Painted grave of Hekataios the Thyatiran (Photo copyright Alan Cadwallader 2020).

Grave of Hekataios from Sidon (photo copyright Merja Attia 2020).


Item added: June 15, 2012
Item modified: July 18, 2020
ID number: 1889
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  • Alan Cadwallader says:
    May 21, 2020 / Reply

    G’day Philip.

    Drawing many riches from your web-site. I have a photograph of this quite exquisite painted stele (with inv. no) if you would like it.


    • Phil Harland says:
      May 21, 2020 / Reply

      Dear Alan. Yes, this would be wonderful. I will email you to request it now too. Thanks for even thinking of sharing it. Phil

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