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[271] Painted Grave for Soldiers from Kaunos (early II BCE) Sidon - Syria and Phoenicia

Sidon (Syria and Phoenicia, Greater Syria and the East — Pleiades map), early II BCE
AGRW 271 = Th. Macridy, Revue biblique 13 (1904), 549-550 (A) = OGIS 592 = AGRW ID# 1885
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1789


Slab used as a grave, found in a house at Sidon in 1897. The painting depicts two soldiers with helmets and armour. The association here is a group of immigrant soldiers from Kaunos, a town on the border of Caria and Lycia on the southern coast of Asia Minor. For further discussion of such politeumata, see Lüderitz 1994.

The corporate body (politeuma) of Kaunians set this up for Hippolytos (?) and Apollonides, sons of Hermagoras, Zenon son of Zenon, . . . Name son of Zenon, Isidoros son of Athenodoros (?), Hermonax son of Artemidoros, their fellow citizens.

Translation by: Harland

Καυνίων τὸ πολίτευμα Ἱπ[πολύτον ?] | καὶ Ἀπολλωνίδην Ἑρμα[γόρα] | Ζήνωνα Ζήνωνος [τὸν δεῖνα] | Ζήνωνος Ἰσίδωρον Ἀθ[ηνοδώρου] || Ἑρμώνακτα Ἀρτεμιδ[ώρου] | τοὺς αὐτῶν [πο]λίτ[ας].

Item added: June 15, 2012
Item modified: May 25, 2021
ID number: 1885
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