Inscription on a little temple

Greek, East Greek


Findspot: Anatolia (Turkey), Troad, Assos (Behramkale), Epistyle of the little temple (prostylos) next t

Dimensions

166 x 44.4 x 35.6 cm (65 3/8 x 17 1/2 x 14 in.)

Accession Number

84.76

Medium or Technique

Marble

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Inscriptions

Directly against the western wall of the Bazaar was built a small prostyle Doric temple or mausoleum…The marble epistyle with the names of the occupants was found… Evidently the occupants had performed some public service which entitled them to burial within the city walls … In the porch at the right, next to the wall, was a base which may have supported a tablet describing the deeds of the heroes. Inside were found fragments of two limestone sarcophagi.

fragment 1
“the people
to the hero, Kallisthenes, son of Hephaistogenes.”

fragment 2
“the people
to Kallisthenes, son of Hephaistogenes, lover of his country,
……to the hero and benefactor.”

fragment 3
“to Aristias, son of H[ephaistogenes].”

Merkelbach remarks that the brothers Aristeas and Kallisthenes who donated the temple were honored by the people with this inscription.

Provenance

From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); epistyle of the little temple (prostylos) next to the Bath. 1881-2: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America