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Bust of Aurelia Euposia Dedicated by those Gathered around the Altar (200-250 CE) Melos - Southwestern islands

Melos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), III CE
IG XII,3 1126 = R. C. Bosanquet, "Excavations of the British School at Melos: The Hall of the Mystae," JHS 18 (1898) 60–80 = Jaccottet 2003, vol. 2, no. 167 = PHI 76677 = AGRW ID# 17806
Copenhagen Inventory info: 172


Bust of Aurelia Euposia in marble found in the so called "Hall of the Mystae" or "Hall of the Initiates" at Melos (6 x 14 cm base; 52 cm high at the head). For the building itself, see the description and illustrations in the building section of this site. Another statue of a hierophant was also found within the building remains (see IG XII,3 1125 on this site). The monument dedicated to Dionysos Trieterikos (i.e. whose festival is celebrated in the third year) suggests that those who gathered around the altar were initiates of Dionysos.

Those gathered around the altar (peribōmioi) honored the husband-loving Aurelia Euposia in the same structure she built (or: renovated).

Translation by: Harland

οἱ περιβώμιοι τὴν | φίλανδρον Αὐρηλί|αν Εὐποσίαν ἐν τῷ | ἰδίῳ αὐτῆς ἔργῳ.

Drawing of the bust with inscription beneath (from Bosanquet 1898, 77).

Item added: November 9, 2015
Item modified: December 18, 2020
ID number: 17806
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