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Grave of a Physician and Hierophant in the Mysteries (undated) Julia Gordos - Lydia

Julia Gordos (Lydia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), undated
TAM V 744 = PHI 264172 = AGRW ID# 10982


Funerary altar of marble (117 x 55 x 50 cm; letter height: 1.7-2.5 cm). Here a woman remembers a physician and hierophant, likely her husband. Although no association is mentioned, the role of a hierophant suggests a connection with Dionysiac or other initiates. Julia Gordos (formerly Gordos) was located east of Thyatira.

Sophrona (?) . . . Phoibe honored with this tomb the wise physician (iatros) of the homeland and faithful revealer of the sacred objects (hierophantēs), . . . remembering (?) . . . with affection.  Farewell!

Translation by: Harland

τὸν πατρί|δος ἰητῆρα | σοφὸν Βάκχου | [τε ἀγα]θὸν ἱεροφάν||[την ․․φ]ρονα Φοίβη | [τείμ]ησεν τύνβῳ | [— —]σ̣αμένη φιλίης. | χαῖρε.

Item added: February 22, 2013
Item modified: December 3, 2015
ID number: 10982
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