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Dedication of a Relief of Aphlad by Hadadiabos (54 CE) Doura Europos - Mesopotamia


Doura Europos (Mesopotamia, Greater Syria and the East — Pleiades map), 54 CE
Hopkins 1934, 106-113 (no. 416, with plate 13)  = ID# 23641


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Slab with a raised border and a relief of a sacrificer (left, probably Hadadiabos himself) and the god Aphlad in Parthian clothing (right) (51 x 31 cm). Found in the Aphlad sanctuary alongside the inscription involving the dedication of the banqueting hall by an association (of which Hadadiabos son of Zabdibolos was also a member). In the Yale University Art Gallery (see photo below). The god Aphlad may have been considered the son of Hadad. For further discussion of this group, see Milik 1972, 137-138; Andrade 2013, 223-225.

Hadadiabos son of Zabdibolos and grandson of Sillos dedicated this structure of the temple (hieron) of Aphlad, who is called god of the village Anath on the Euphrates, as a vow for his own salvation and that of his children and his entire household.

Translation by: Harland



τὴν ἀφείδρυσιν ταύτη[ν] ἱεροῦ Ἀφλαδ λεγομένου θεοῦ τῆς Ἁναθ κώμης Εὐφράτου ἀνέθηκεν Ἁδαδιαβος Ζαβδιβωλου τοῦ Σιλλοι εὐχὴν ὑπὲρ τῆς σωτηρί[ας] αὐτοῦ καὶ τέκνων καὶ τοῦ πά[ν]τος οἴκου.

The monument of Hadadiabos found in the temple of Aphlad with a depiction of the god in Parthian style dress (right) alongside the dedicator sacrificing (left).Yale University Art Gallery 1932.1213.  Public domain.

The monument of Hadadiabos found in the temple of Aphlad with a depiction of the god in Parthian style dress (right) alongside the dedicator sacrificing (left).
Yale University Art Gallery 1932.1213. Public domain.

Item added: March 10, 2016
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ID number: 23641
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