Funerary stele of Dionysion, a singer

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean
Imperial Period
about 2nd century A.D.


Overall: 15.2 x 32.5 x 22.9 cm (6 x 12 13/16 x 9 in.) Weight: 31.5 lb. (14.29 kg)

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On View

Greek Classical Gallery (Gallery 215C)


Europe, The Ancient World



Greek inscription in seven lines: “Here lies Dionysion, maker of melody, who in his lifetime was distinguished for his fine character. You who pass by, shed a tear for his youth and his golden voice, and call down reproaches on the unjust fates.” A leafy spray below.

The stele has been re-carved from the top half of a fluted column capital.


Possibly from Sidon or surrounding area; by 1923, Choukri Adela (d. 1923), Saida, Lebanon; by 1924, M. le commandant Capdegelle. Folio Fine Art, Ltd., U.K. ("The Art of the Scribe," cat. no. 1008); November 1968, sold by Folio Fine Art to Colin McFadyean, U.K.; by 2009, with Charles Ede, Ltd., 20 Brook Street, London W1K 5DE, U.K. (stock no. 8059); 2010, sold by Charles Ede, Ltd., to the MFA. (Accession date: February 24, 2010)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by The Laurel Society