Curse inscription to protect a tomb

Greek, East Greek


Findspot: Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)

Dimensions

9.5 x 93 x 179.8 cm (3 3/4 x 36 5/8 x 70 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

84.57a-g

Medium or Technique

Marble

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Inscriptions

The stone is broken into seventeen pieces. The whole of the right side of the slab is preserved, and line nine, which is complete, shows the full length of the inscription.

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l. 3 “Woe unto him who after my death places someone else except for my wife into this larnax . ……I dedicate our tomb to Earth, Kore, and Pluto, so that no one, neither a blood relative nor a stranger, may dare to use it or be able to open the tomb after my burial. And, if anyone should dare any of these things, I call upon the above-named gods of the underworld that every possible punishment may follow them.”

Provenance

From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); tomb of P. Varius Aquila. 1881-2: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 15, 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America