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Funerary bomos of Aurelius Zosimos and Popillia Publilla

Type of monument:
Funerary bomos.
Ladık (Laodikeia): in a well just south of the main paved road.
White marble bomos, upside-down, partly buried above; the bottom hollowed out to form a basin. Shaft slightly tapered; mouldings above and below.
Ht. 0.90+; W. 0.59 (upper moulding), 0.49 (shaft), 0.60 (base); Th. 0.60 (upper moulding), 0.48-0.52 (shaft), 0.68 (base); letters 0.045.
AH notebook copy; photograph (1957/85=5927).
Third century AD.

· Α(ὐρήλιος) · Ζώσιμος καὶ
Πουπιλλία Που-
βλίλλα ἑαυτοῖς
A(urelius) Zosimos and Popillia Publilla, for themselves, while they were still living.

I have assumed that the alpha in line 1 represents the gentilician Αὐρήλιος rather than the praenomen Αὔλος. His wife’s name is very striking, and the rare gentilician Popil(l)ia may well derive from the name of an Italian landowner in this region; several Popilii are known to have acted as proconsuls of the Roman province of Asia in the first and second centuries AD (PIR2 P 838-44). For Italian landowners in the vicinity of Laodikeia, see further Mitchell 1993: I 149-58, and the commentary to MAMA XI 258 (1957/88: Ladık).


MAMA XI 259 (Laodikeia 6: 1957-85)

MAMA XI 259 (Laodikeia 6: 1957-85)