Marble Stele of Tatia

Culture: Greek/Lydian
Period: 129 A.D.
Material: Marble
Dimensions: 67 cm x 28 cm
Price: 16 000 Euro
Ref: 2473
Provenance: German private collection H. W., North Rhine-Westphalia, acquired prior to 1980.
Condition: Unrestored and intact.
Description: Beautifully preserved high rectangular marble stele from Lydia. The stone with a twelve-line inscription is crowned by a gable with acroterion. Right under the gable the dating according to the Sullan era is indicated, i.e., to the year 129 A.D. After that is a leaf wreath. In the following inscription a certain Eirenios honors his late wife Tatia. The translation reads: “Eirenios honors Tatia, his wife and erects during his lifetime and with his full senses also for himself this tomb. And in memory of all relatives.” The text is also a posthumously honorary inscription. See for the type of an inscription stele with leaf wreath the stele for Euarestos from the necropole of Bin Tepe in Sardis, excavated by the Sardis expedition with the inventory number NoEx80.001. With an expertise and translation by the Viennese epigrapher Mag. Katharina Michner BA MA. Mounted.