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Funerary stele of Papas and Aphrodeisia

Type of monument:
Funerary stele.
Ladık (Laodikeia): at Gâvur Mezarı, above Kör Kuyu, 500m above the village on the slope of a hill, facing east; newly excavated from the ruins of a church.
Blue and white marble stele, with the upper and lower mouldings removed and the left edge recut as part of a string-moulding for the church (no facsimile). Inscription on inset panel, with plain pilasters to left and right; the area above the panel rough-picked.
Ht. 1.38; W. 0.54; Th. 0.28; letters 0.040.
MB notebook copy; photograph (1957/109=5947).
Roman imperial period.

Παπας Μαν-
ου {τα} εἱατ-
ῷ καὶ τῇ 〚ε〛ἰδ-
ίᾳ γυναικ〚ε〛ὶ
σίᾳ ζῶντε〚ι〛ς
μνήμης χά-
Papas son of Manes, for himself and his own wife Aphrodeisia, while they were still living, in memoriam.

The mason was illiterate. After the inscription was cut, some of the more egregious errors were corrected by the erasure of incorrectly inscribed vowels in lines 3, 4, and 6. In line 5, the first three letters of the line were erased and the letters alpha and phi lightly inscribed in place of the first two letters. I do not know what the mason intended by the letters tau and alpha in line 2.


MAMA XI 263 (Laodikeia 10: 1957-109)

MAMA XI 263 (Laodikeia 10: 1957-109)