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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2003.97
Title
Dedication to Aphrodite Epekoos for the Seleucid Ruler Demetrius I and his family
Classification
Inscriptions
Work Type
inscription
Date
c. 159-150 BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia, Syria or Phoenicia
Period
Hellenistic period
Culture
Seleucid
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/93800
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Marble
Dimensions
24.8 x 25.8 x 2.6 cm (9 3/4 x 10 3/16 x 1 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: seven lines, in Greek,
    ΥΠΕΡ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ
    ΚΑΙ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ ΛΑΟΔΙΚΗΣ
    ΚΑΙ ΤΩΝ ΤΕΚΝΩΝ
    ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗ ΕΠΗΚΟΩΙ
    ΤΟΝ ΒΩΜΟΝ
    ΑΠΟΛΛΟΦΑΝΗΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΟΦΑΝΟΥ
    Ο ΙΕΡΕΥΣ

    [Transcription:
    Ὑπὲρ βασιλέως Δημητρίου
    καὶ βασιλίσσης Λαοδίκης
    καὶ τῶν τέκνων
    Ἀφροδίτῃ ἐπηκόῳ
    τὸν βωμὸν
    Ἀπολλοφάνης Ἀπολλοφάνου
    ὁ ἱερεύς.]

    [Translation, published in ZPE 131 (2000) by O. Hoover: "For the well-being of King Demetrius and Queen Laodice and their children, Apollophanes the son of Apollophanes, the priest, (dedicated) the altar to Aphrodite Epekoos."]
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Arthur Houghton
Accession Year
2003
Object Number
2003.97
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This marble plaque preserves an inscription describing the dedication of an altar for the well-being of Demetrius I Soter (162-150 BCE), his wife Laodice, and their children, made by a priest, Apollophanes, son of Apollophanes, to the goddess Aphrodite Epekoos.
Publication History

Oliver Hoover, "A Dedication to Aphrodite Epekoos for Demetrius I Soter and His Family", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (2000), Vol. 131, p. 106-10.

Pierre-Louis Gatier, "Inscriptions grecques et latines du Proche-Orient: Questions de provanance", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (2004), Vol. 147, pp. 139-44.

Christopher Jones, "Cleopatra VII in Teos?", Chiron (2011), Vol. 41, 41-53, pp. 51-53, pl. 2.

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