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Marble plaque with epigram of Sopatros

Period:
Imperial
Date:
ca. 2nd–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Cypriot
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 9/16 x 15 1/8 x 11/16 in. (14.1 x 38.4 x 1.7 cm)
Classification:
Cesnola Inscriptions
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2390
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
The metrical inscription takes the form of an elegaic couplet (an hexameter and a pentameter), each divided into two lines. Such literary pretensions seem to be quite common among the funerary inscriptions of Roman Cyprus.
From Cyprus, said to be from Kition (modern Larnaka)

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. CXLVIII, 1, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1929, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Yon, Marguerite. 2004. Kition-Bamboula V. Kition Dans Les Textes: Testimonia litteraires et epigraphiques et corpus des inscriptions., V. no. 2084, p. 280, Paris: Éditions Recherché sur les Civilisations.

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