Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity 2004

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154. Funerary verse, for a girl, Thea



ψ̣υ̣χὴ σῶμα λιποῦσα το [...]
εὔλυτος ἐς μακάρων ἱερὸν γε [...]
ὀκτωκαιδεκάτῳ τετρατο[...]
παντάπαν ἧν ἀμενη(ν)ὴ Θεα[...]
5 Ῥώμης καὶ Φαρίης ξύνον γένο[ς]...]
καλήν, μιλιχίην, ἐρατήν, πινυ[τὴν]...]
ἕρμα σαοφροσύνης κούρην κρ[...]
ψυχὴ ἀθαν(ά)τοισιν ὁμέστιος ου[...]
ἐδομένη φορέειν βρότεον vac.[...]
10 vac.


(The) soul, leaving the body [...[has gone], released from care, to the holy (i.e. place (or) gathering) of the blessed ones [...[in the] eighteenth [?year and] fourth [?month] ...]. Entirely fleeting was ?Thea- (i.e. (or) the glimpse we had of her) [...] (Her) descent was from both Rome and Alexandria [...] Beautiful, gentle, loveable, discreet, [...] a bastion of prudence (was) the girl whom [...] (Her) soul is living with the immortals [...] being ashamed to bear a mortal [body].


l.1. For σῶμα λιπεῖν see e.g. Peek 1907, 1963, 1978.

l.3. The girl was presumably in her eighteenth year: τετρατο- might refer to the month.

l.4. The restoration ἀμενη(ν)ή is attractive; but ἀμενὴ ἡ θέα is also possible. Thea- is probably the first element of the girl's name.

l.7. ἐδομένη for αἰδομένη: Feissel (1991) 376.


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See discussion at IX.19, and, for verse inscriptions, IX.15.







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