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Grave for an Initiate of Isis (I BCE-I CE) Prusa by Olympos - Bithynia


Prusa by Olympos (Bithynia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), I BCE-I CE
AGRW 98 = GRA 102 = IPrusaOlymp 1054 + 1028 = Richard W. V. Catling and Nikoletta Kanavou, “The Gravestone of Meniketes Son of Menestheus: ‘IPrusa’ 1028 and 1054,” ZPE 163 (2007) 103-117 = SEG 42 (1992), no. 1112 + SEG 28 (1978), no. 1585 = PHI 278747  = ID# 63


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Slab of marble, broken in two with a relief of a family (two adults and three children) on each panel and an epigram in the Doric dialect. Now in the Bursa museum (origin unknown). Forward slashes (/) represent verse-breaks.

Menekites son of Menestheus.

I did not travel the murky way of Acheron where the dead travel by ferry, but I, Meniketes, sped into the harbours of those who are blessed.  For I furnished for her house the linen–covered beds of the goddess of Egypt, which are unutterable for those who are impure.  Honoured by dead men, oh stranger, I gained a remarkable reputation among the Isis–devotees (Isiakoi) as a testimony.  For I have brought about glory for my father Menestheus, leaving behind three children.  You, however, walk this way without causing harm!

Translation by: Harland



(no. 1054)

Μηνικέτης Μενεσθέως

(relief depicting the family at a funerary meal)

(no. 1028)

(relief depicting the family)

οὐ δνοφερὰν Ἀχέροντος ἔβαν νεκυο|στόλον οἶμον / Μηνικέτης, μακάρων | δ’ ἔδραμον εἰς λιμένας· / δέμνια γὰρ λινόπε̣|π̣λα θεᾶς ἄρρητα βεβήλοις / Αἰγύπτου τρα||φεροῖς δώμασιν ἁρμοσάμαν· / τιμήεις δὲ βρο|τοῖσι θανών, ξένε, τὰν ἐπίσαμον / φάμαν Ἰσ̣ια̣|κ̣ῶν μάρτυρ’ ἐπεσπ̣ασάμαν· / πατρὶ δὲ κῦδος | ἔθηκα Μενεσθέϊ, τρισσὰ λελοιπὼς / τέκνα· | τὺ δὲ στείχοις τάνδε ὁδὸν ἀβλαβέως. /

IPrusaOlymp 1054 (top that goes with 1028). © 1991 Thomas Corsten. Reproduced with permission.

IPrusaOlymp 1054 (top that goes with 1028).
© 1991 Thomas Corsten. Reproduced with permission.

IPrusaOlymp 1028 (the bottom portion that fits with 1054). © 1991 Thomas Corsten. Reproduced with permission.

IPrusaOlymp 1028 (the bottom portion that fits with 1054).
© 1991 Thomas Corsten. Reproduced with permission.

Item added: November 3, 2011
Item modified: March 5, 2016
ID number: 63
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