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Funerary doorstone of the parents of Menestratos and Trophimos

Type of monument:
Funerary doorstone.
Payamalanı (Sebaste): at the village.
White marble doorstone, broken below and right (Waelkens 1986: 181, Typ C Payamalanı 1). Single door, with three pairs of panels and ivy-scroll pilasters to left and right. In the upper panels: (left) distaff and spindle; (right) key-plate. In the middle panels: (left) comb (?); (right) unidentifiable. In the lower panels: (left) mirror; (right) missing. Frame and cornice above the door. Above, archivolt with fascia, shallow Lesbian cyma and moulding (?). In the tympanum, beveler, cobbler’s anvil and awl in relief. Inscription on the frame above the door.
Ht. 0.90+; W. 0.56; Th. --; letters 0.012-0.014.
MB notebook copy; photograph (1954/26).
Ramsay, Phrygia II 609, no. 502.
AD 212/3 (Year 297 of Sullan era).

Μενέστρατος̣ κ̣αὶ Τ̣ρόφιμος τῷ πατρὶ
καὶ τῇ μητρὶ μνήμης χάριν. ἔτους σϙζ´, μηνὸς̣ [- -]
Line 1: Τε[ύτα]μος R(amsay). Line 2: μη(νὸς) ζ΄ R.
Menestratos and Trophimos for their father and mother, in memoriam. Year 297, Month...

This funerary doorstone is of almost exactly the same design as Waelkens 1986: 182, no. 453, also found at Payamalanı, and dated by him to the early third century AD. The tools depicted in the archivolt suggest that the father of Menestratos and Trophimos was a leather-worker or cobbler.


Photograph of MAMA XI 79 (Sebaste 15: 1954-26)

Photograph of MAMA XI 79 (Sebaste 15: 1954-26)