Tombstone of Abaskantos

Dublin Core

Title

Tombstone of Abaskantos

Date

15/04/2016

Contributor

AXA

Identifier

RO.MI.TO.2016.036

Coverage

Country: Romania (RO)
Province: Constanța (CO)
Site: Tomis (TO)
Roman Province: Moesia Inferior (MI)/Scythia Minor (SM)
Date: Late 2nd/3th century CE

Publisher

AKA Inventory #: Museum of National History and Archaeology. Constanta 34

Source

Findspot: In situ
Findspot Description: Inscribed tombstone with sculptural decoration found in Tomis, modern Constanța, Romania.
Findspot Attestation: Covacef, Zaharia. 2011. Ancient Sculpture in the Permanent Exhibition of the Museum of National History and Archaeology. Constanța. 202 Nr. 93

Type

Object/Funerary/Inscription

Format

Marble

Description

Sepulchral monument with "top frame with funeral feast : Woman on kline , left man on folding chairs, right standing woman (daughter), two servants, small table with food . In the lower field Thracian Horseman with Dog, Tree in front of him with snake and altar ".
Iconography:
Gravestone depicting a banquet scene in which five figures seem to partake: a woman seated over the kline assisted by a younger woman while a man sits on a chair at the foot. Two younger figures observe. The woman seated over the couch seems to be dying, according to Covacef. The presence of the Thracian Rider in the lower relief may indicate a desire to invest the deceased with a heroic quality. The horse is galloping towards the right approaching an altar, a tree and a snake. A dog is also part of the scene.
Epigraphy:
Ἀβάσκαντος Σωκράτου / τὴν στήλην ζῶν καὶ φρενῶν / ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων κατεσκευούασεν // ἑαυτῷ καὶ τῇ συνβίῳ Ζωσίμῃ / ζ̣ησάσῃ ἀμένπτως παρ’ ἐμοί· / χαῖρε παροδῖτα
Select Bibliography
IScM II 294
UBI ERAT LUPA: http://www.ubi-erat-lupa.org/monument.php?id=21258 (Retrieved 4/15/2016)
Packard Humanities Institute, Greek Inscriptions: http://epigraphy.packhum.org/text/173394?bookid=199&location=1132 (Retrieved 4/15/2016)
Conrad, Sven. 2004. Die Grabstelen aus Moesia inferior. Leipzig. 188 Nr. 2136
Covacef, Zaharia. 2011. Ancient Sculpture in the Permanent Exhibition of the Museum of National History and Archaeology. Constanta. 202 Nr. 93

Creator

Local

Subject

Tombstone, inscription, banquet, stele, snake, child, Thracian Rider, snake, altar, tree, dog

Rights

National Museum of History and Archaeology (Constanța, Romania).

Relation

[no text]

Language

[no text]

Files

Grabstele des Abaskantos.jpg

Citation

Local, “Tombstone of Abaskantos,” Archaeology of the Later Roman Empire and SEEDD at FSU, accessed May 19, 2022, https://arh41545161lateromanarch.omeka.net/items/show/23.