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The Mausoleum of Licinnia Flavilla and Flavianus Diogenes of Oinoanda: Epigraphy and Architecture*

  • A. S. Hall, N. P. Milner and J. J. Coulton


Among the many tombs still to be seen in the necropolis surrounding the site of Oinoanda, in northern Lycia, the mausoleum built by Licinnia Flavilla for her parents and ancestors enjoys a special distinction, which it owes both to its size and to the vast genealogical inscription, comprising twelve generations of the ancestors and connexions of Licinnia Flavilla and her younger kinsman Flavianus Diogenes, which once covered its eastern façade. The aim of this paper is to present new epigraphic evidence which indicates a second major genealogical inscription on the west end of the mausoleum, and to consider the relation of the inscriptions to the underlying building, to each other, and to the aims of Licinnia Flavilla and her kinsman Diogenes.

The mausoleum of the Licinnii lies in rubble (Pl. XV (a)) amid a group of smaller tombs at the southern end of the site, in square Lr of the B.I.A.A.'s site-plan (AnSt XLV (1995) 74, Fig. 1) about 40 m. below an isolated stretch of the Hellenistic southern wall overlooking the saddle at the southern end of the ridge on which stand the main buildings of the city. There is an easy ascent to this point from both the western and eastern sides of the ridge, and thence to the city; the mausoleum will have been conspicuous to visitors and travellers. Since antiquity all the tombs in this area have been plundered or overthrown, especially close to the wall. Three types of tomb are visible: rock-cut tombs, some with lion covers; large, free-standing sarcophagi of various designs; and sarcophagi on high, stepped platforms. An example of this last type (Pl. XV (b)) stands close by the east end of the mausoleum, a few metres to the north.



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1 Spratt, T. A. B., Forbes, E., Travels in Lycia, Milyas and the Cibyratis I (1847), H on their plan (facing p. 273).

2 Petersen, E., von Luschan, F., Reisen in Lykien, Milyas und Kibyratis II (Vienna, 1889), 180–83.

3 Heberdey, R., Kalinka, E., Bericht über zwei Reisen im südwestlichen Kleinasien (Denkschr. Akad. Wien, phil.-hist. Kl. 45) II (Vienna, 1896), 41 no. 60. The inscr. is one of the latest examples of stoichedon. Our Pl. XVI(a) shows the top of col. VI.

4 Wilhelm, A., Arch.-epigr. Mittheilungen XX (1897), 77 ff.; Dessau, H., Zeitschrift für Numismatik XXII (1900), 199205.

5 Cagnat, R. (ed.), IGR III 500.

6 Groag, E. et al. , PIR (2nd. ed., Berlin, 1933– ) s.v. Licinnius Longus, Licinnia Flavilla, etc.

7 Stein, A., Der römische Ritterstand (Munich, 1927), 181 ff., 223 ff.; Larsen, J. A. O., “TAM II 522 and the dating of Greek inscriptions by Roman names”, JNES V (1946), 5563. Jameson, S., “Two Lycian families”, AnSt XVI (1966), 125–37, with stemma. MacMullen, R., “Women's power in the Principate”, Klio LXVIII (1986), 434 ff. at 441–2 = id., Changes in the Roman Empire: Essays in the Ordinary (Princeton, 1990), 175–6; Wörrle, M., Stadt und Fest im kaiserzeitlichen Kleinasien (Munich, 1988), 35, 62 ff., 70 ff., 98 f., 103, 142, 200, 220 f., 250.

8 For such tombs in general see Cahill, N., AJA 92 (1988) 485–8; Fedak, J., Monumental Tombs of the Hellenistic Age (Toronto, 1990) 19, 66–71, 87, 127, 158–9, 176–7; Hesberg, H. v., Römische Grabbauten (Darmstadt, 1992) 182–9. The following list of temple tombs in southwest Anatolia, to which later footnotes will refer back, is based on that given by Hallett, C. H., AnSt XLIII (1993) 54–5, n. 39.

1. Balboura, , East Tomb. Hallett, C. H., AnSt XLIII (1993) 4163.

2. Cambazlı, , Great Tomb. MAMA III 34–5, fig. 54.

3. Cambazlı, , Southeast Tomb. MAMA III 35, fig. 56.

4. Döşene, , Prostyle Tomb. Machatschek, A., Mélanges Mansel I (1974) 252–5, 260–1, figs. 51–3. Another similar, ibid. 252.

5. Döşene, , Two-storied Tomb. Machatschek, A., Mélanges Mansel I 255–9, 261, figs. 54–6.

6. Döşene, , two In-antis Tombs. Machatschek, A., Mélanges Mansel I 252.

7. Elaioussa Sebaste, six Arched Recess Tombs T3–5, T7–9. Elaiussa Sebaste 92–6, 108–9, pl. 40–1, 48–50, fig. 61–6, 70.

8. Elaioussa Sebaste, four Simple Temple Tombs T1 2, T12–13. Elaiussa Sebaste 91–2, pl. 38–9, figs. 59–60.

9. Elaioussa Sebaste, two Prostyle Tombs T10–11. Elaiussa Sebaste 97–8, pl. 51–3, figs. 67–9.

10. Ephesos, Tomb of Claudia Tatiane. Keil, J., JÖAI XXVI (1930) Beib. 7–12.

11. Gelcik, Tomb I. Swoboda-Keil, 114–16, figs. 25–7.

12. Gelcik, Tomb II. Swoboda-Keil, 116–18, figs. 28–30.

13. Isaura, Large Tomb in Necropolis II. Swoboda-Keil, 139–41, fig. 69–72.

14. Kanytela, Tomb T6. Elaiussa Sebaste 92–6, 108–9, pl. 45–7.

15. Kanytela, Tristyle Tomb. Elaiussa Sebaste 116–17, pl. 56, fig. 71.

16. Kremna, Temple Tomb. Lanckoronski, II, 172, fig. 142.

17. Lydai, , North Tomb, (a) Bent, J. T., JHS IX (1888) 84; (b) Roos, P., Opuscula Atheniensia IX (1969) 7780.

18. Lydai, , South Tomb, (a) Bent, J. T., JHS IX (1888) 84; (b) Roos, P., Opuscula Atheniensia IX (1969) 7780.

19. Myra, Corinthian Tomb, (a) Texier, III 236–7, pl. 213–14; (b) Myra, 61–3.

20. Oinoanda, , Doric Tomb. Coulton, J. J., AnSt XXXII (1982) 4560.

21. Patara, Small Temple Tomb. Texier, III 197, 227, pl. 189.

22. Patara, , Hexastyle Tomb. Colvin, H., Architecture and the Afterlife (New Haven/London, 1991) 80–3, figs 72–3.

23. Rhodiapolis, Tomb of Opramoas. Petersen-von Luschan, 76–81.

24. Sarıcık, Temple Tomb. Petersen-von Luschan, 151–3, fig. 67, 69–72.

25. Selge, , Temple Tomb. Machatschek, A., Schwartz, M., Bauforschungen in Selge (= Denkschr Wien CLII, Vienna, 1981) 97–8, pl. 21.

26. Side, Temple Tomb in West Necropolis. Mansel, A. M., Die Ruinen von Side (Berlin, 1963) 177–84, figs 145–52.

27. Sidyma, Corinthian Tomb. Benndorf-Niemann, 78, pl. 22 left.

28. Sidyma, Doric Tomb. Benndorf-Niemann, 78, pl. 22 right.

29. Termessos, Prostyle Tomb HW VIII. Heberdey-Wilberg, 204–5, fig. 79–80.

30. Termessos, Tomb of Claudia Perikleia. Heberdey-Wilberg, 205–6, fig. 81–3.

31. Termessos, Prostyle Tomb, Lanckoronski, II 118–120, fig. 88–9.

32. Çeşme, Topaların, (two Temple Tombs). MAMA III 30, pl. 14, fig. 44–5.

33. Ura, , Temple Tomb. MAMA III 84–5, pl. 14, fig. 44–5.

34. Xanthos, , Fellows' Tomb. Rodenwaldt, G., JHS LIII (1933) 181–4.

35. Xanthos, , X Tomb. Coupel, P., Demargne, P., Mélanges d'histoire et d'archéologie offerts à Paul Collart (Lausanne, 1976) 103–15.

9 The stylobate width would have been rather greater, but still probable less than the width of 9·76 m. given by Petersen-von Luschan, 180. A prostyle porch (see below) would increase the length by about 2·5 m.

10 The distyle in antis tomb at Sarıcık has antae projecting c. 2·1 m. (note 8 no. 24); two tombs at Cambazlı with distyle in antis façades (note 8, nos. 2–3) have antae projecting 4·1 m. and 2·15 m. Nos. 6 and 32 also have façades in antis.

11 e.g. note 8, nos. 4, 5, 9, 15, 17, 18, 22, 23, 29 31, 33, and probably nos. 19, 21, 25.

12 So apparently in the porticoes and Boukonisterion on the Agora at Oinoanda (Coulton, J. J., AnSt XXXVI (1986) 70, 76); the tomb near Myra (note 8, no. 19) must also have had columns whether prostyle or (less plausibly) in antis.

13 Elaioussa Sebaste Tombs T3–5, 6–9; cf. Kanytela Tomb T6 (note 8, nos. 7 and 14).

14 See note 8, no. 5.

15 Heberdey-Wilberg, 191–3, Lanckoronski, II 116–17, fig. 86–7 (Termessos), 125, fig. 98 (Ariassos [“Cretopolis”]); cf. Elaiussa Sebaste 84–5, pl. 37a, fig. 56.

16 TAM II 71, p. 88 (no. 247) with sketch.

17 It was not easily visible beneath the heaped rubble, and it is possible that it was rather a joint in an east-west stylobate.

18 The prostyle tombs at Cambazlı, Döşene, Rhodiapolis, Sidyma, and Termessos (note 8, nos. 2–5, 27, 30–31) all have Attic-Ionic anta bases. The tomb at Sarıcık (no. 24) has a simpler moulding. The tomb near Myra (no. 19) has blocked out bases.

19 The ratio of façade width/anta width is as follows: Lydai (no. 17) c. 15·8; Myra (no. 19) c. 13·7; Patara (no. 21) c. 13; Rhodiapolis (no. 24) c. 14·9; but Döşene (no. 4) c. 10–11.

20 Compare the cornice profile of the Northeast Portico and West Arch of the Agora at Oinoanda (Coulton, J. J., AnSt XXXVI (1986) 70–71, 73, fig. 9(d)).

21 Along the west side of the South Heroon at Lydai (note 8, no. 18) there is just a simple bevel cornice with no architrave or frieze, and even that is suppressed across the back of the tomb; yet Bent recorded Corinthian pilasters and an inscribed frieze across the front.

22 Coulton, J. J., AnSt XXXVI (1986) 6770; Ling, R. J., AnSt XXXI (1981) 34–6.

23 Their drawing opposite p. 42 is published at a scale slightly larger than 1:20.

24 Heberdey-Kalinka 41.

25 The sarcophagus niches were c. 6·0 m. wide in the tomb of Claudia Tatiane at Ephesos (note 8, no. 10).

26 Note 8, no. 19.

27 Note 8, nos. 10 and 30.

28 Note 8, nos. 19, 21, 29. Alternatively the entrance passage and west recess could have been vaulted separately, with an intersecting vault or barrel vault over the central space. The North Heroon at Lydai is described by Bent (JHS IX (1888) 84) as domed, by Roos, P. (Opuscula Atheniensia IX (1969) 77) as cross-vaulted. No groin is visible in the photograph (Roos, op. cit., fig. 32), where the masonry visible between the two recesses looks more like a pendentive. But the construction here is of rubble and mortar, of which there is no trace in the tomb of Licinnia Flavilla.

29 Heberdey-Kalinka 41.

30 A depth of curvature of 0·013 m. would fit the presumed recess, whereas voussoirs of similar width belonging to an arched east façade would have a depth of curvature of c. 0·007 m.

31 See the list in Hallett, C. H., AnSt XLIII (1993) 54 n. 39 (including nos. 1, 2, 5, 9 (T11), 11, 17–19, 21, 24, and 27 in note 8 above); for the term hyposorion see Kubinska, J., Les Monuments funéraires dans les inscriptions grecques de l'Asie Mineure (Warsaw, 1968) 81–4.

32 e.g. note 8, nos. 17–19, 24, 27; the hyposorion of tomb T11 at Elaioussa Sebaste (note 8, no. 9) has a simple moulded frame round the small door in the side of the podium.

33 Tombs T3–T9 (note 8, nos. 7, 14).

34 Sarcophagi, e.g. at Balboura, Money, D. K., AnSt XL (1990) 30; tombs, e.g. at Sarıcık (note 8), where the bottom step is treated as a bench, and at Termessos where several tombs have either a bench or the front step treated as a bench (Heberdey-Wilberg, tombs II–IV, VII).

35 The arched recesses in the tombs at Elaioussa Sebaste are 3·5 to 5·4 m. high and 1·8 to 1·9 m. deep (note 8, nos. 7, 14), but a lower, shallower size would suit the less prominent location of the recess at Oinoanda.

36 The North Tomb at Lydai had two brackets in the upper part of the sarcophagus recess (Roos, P., Opuscula Atheniensia IX (1969) 77–8 fig. 33).

37 Cf. the following springing heights: Lydai, North Tomb, 3·08 m.; Myra, Tomb, c. 4·10 m.; Patara, Corinthian Tomb, 4·125 m.; Termessos, Prostyle Tomb (Heberdey-Wilberg, tomb VIII), 2·35 m. (for a recess only 2·71 m. wide).

38 Measurements noted by R. Heberdey.

39 Col. V. is about 0·95 m. wide, col. IV is about 1·33 m. wide, col. III about 0·97 m. at the top, narrowing to about 0·92 m. below, and col. II about 0·88 m. at the top, widening to about 0·97 m. below.

40 Cf. Wörrle, , SuF, 72. The fact that at the date of Inscr. I Lic. Flavilla's children are both unmarried and that one brother is perhaps unmarried, the other married but without children (Inscr. I), suggests that she was close in age to, perhaps even younger than, FI. Diogenes' mother (child married twice, with children; one brother married with children, the other unmarried). However, Lic. Flavilla's husband Aelius Aristodemos could have been of the same generation as her father, since Aristodemus' mother was also married to Flavilla's father's uncle.

41 Heberdey-Kalinka, 48 and no. 64, finding the gentile name Septimius and the fact that Septimius Flavillianus won victories in games called Severeia (Alexandreia) conclusive proof against identity.

42 IGR III p. 193 n. 16.

43 See Hall-Milner, pp. 15, 28, 38–9, inscrs. nos. 5, 30–32, also published by Hall, A. S., JHS XCIX (1979), 161 nos. 1–4.

44 Cf. n. 94 below on the variability of the choice of names used in the inscr.

45 Heberdey-Kalinka, 49 no. 64, Hall, A. S., JHS XCIX (1979), 161 no. 1, Hall-Milner, p. 38 no. 30.

46 See Robert, L., Documents de l'Asie Mineure méridionale (Geneva-Paris, 1966), 101–5, on the rewarding of athletic victors with Roman citizenship by or in the name of Roman Emperors.

47 See n. 45.

48 She is theoretically two generations older than Flavianus Diogenes, but on the possibility of skewed generations in a family like this see note 40. Lic. Flavilla's second cousin, Cl. Agrippinus Iulianus, was born about this time, cf. Wörrle, , SuF 60 n. 48.

49 CIL VI 32329.26, with new frag, published by Romanelli, P., Notizie degli Scavi VII ser. 6 (1931) 341 (tab. 10) line 26, with comm. p. 323. She was married to the otherwise unknown Cornelius Optat[us] or -[ianus], PIR 2 C 1409, whose consulship will have fallen probably in the first decade of the third century. He is omitted by Leunissen, P. M. M., Konsuln und Konsulare in der Zeit von Commodus bis Severus Alexander (Amsterdam, 1989).

50 PIR 1 S 730.

51 Data from A.S. Hall, notebook. Block 1 was not refound. Block 4 has been broken right and below since Heberdey's time, with the loss of c. 5 letters per line including the final nu and vacat in the last line.

52 i.e., the eponymous high-priest of the Lycian League (not Asian, because Platonis having married an Oinoandan lived in Oinoandan territory). His year, which dates the genealogy of Flavia Platonis precisely, is A.D. 151, from IGR III 712 xii cap. 46 ff. (Rhodiapolis). As Flavia Platonis was presumably of the same generation as her husband Licinnius Thoas, one of the ambassadors to Trajan in A.D. 124, and also of the same generation as C. Iulius Demosthenes (cf. Wörrle, SuF), she would have been elderly in A.D. 151: therefore, the genealogy is perhaps dated as at her death.

53 Assuming that the month was of 31 days, in which case the first of the month was “Sebaste”, the second, the “1st”, etc. See Wörrle, , SuF 33.

54 [χρησμόν], “oracle”, is the obvious supplement. The oracle of Apollo at Delphi, for example, played a significant rôle in validating Greek colonisation, cf. Malkin, I., Religion and Colonization in Ancient Greece (Leiden, 1987). The founding of Kibyra by Spartans is mythical however, cf. Robert, L., “Les Dioscures et Ares,” BCH CVII (1983) 564; though the myth was good for establishing Kibyra's Hellenic credentials at the Panhellenion founded by Hadrian, cf. Wilhelm, A., Arch.-epigr. Mittheilungen XX (1897) 78 on IG XIV 829 (Puteoli) = IGR I 418, cf. J., and Robert, L., REG LXXXV (1972), 396 no. 139.

55 Compare the heading written above the text of the local genealogy on the east face.

56 Apoll., Bibl. 3.10.3.

57 See LIMC VI.1 p. 65, s.v., and Weiss, P., “Lebendiger Mythos: Gründheroen und städtische Gründungstraditionen im griechisch-römischen Osten,” Würzburger Jahrbücher für die Altertumswissenschaft n. F. X (1984) 179208, esp. 188–89, 202 n. 56, 204 n. 89, arguing that Kleandros appears on Kibyra's coinage in the second and third centuries A.D.

58 This would depend how far it extended in width like Lic. Flavilla's. A single-line genealogy can be quite brief, as Matthew I.1–16 shows (forty odd generations from Abraham to Christ in 16 short verses).

59 Block (a) is known only from the notes and squeeze of Heberdey, held in the Kleinasiatische Kommission in Vienna. We are pleased to thank Dr. Georg Rehrenböck of the Kommission for a copy of the notes and for entrusting the squeeze to us.

60 Heberdey and Kalinka (V.S. 86 (b)), revised by N.P.M. The interlinear spacing of the right column is slightly wider than that of the left column; it is not possible fully to show this typographically. Please assume that lines 1–6 of the right column occupy the same space as lines 1–7 of the left.

61 Save perhaps in line 6 where we envisage the names of probably two parents, a ref. to the birth of (at least) one daughter, and her marriage to the named Modestus (whose name might have been in shorter or longer style).

62 Cf. Wörrle, , SuF 140

63 Cf. IGR III 524 ff. See Wörrle, , SuF 59.

64 Hicks, E. L., JHS X (1889) 58, TAM II p. 45.

65 LGPN I.

66 The heroic name, meaning “war-enduring”, commemorates the Argive-Rhodian king and son of Herakles who was either killed by Sarpedon at Troy (Homer, Il. 5.659), or killed Sarpedon in Lycia (local saga), cf. R. Janko, comm. ad Il. 16.416. Among the C. Iulii of Lydai, which faces Rhodes across the strait, the Rhodian associations may have been uppermost.

67 LGPN I.

68 Ibid. I and II. There are a few hellenistic examples from Athens and the Greek islands, notably again Delos and Kalymnos, and Keos, and an imperial instance on Cyprus.

69 LGPN I and II.

70 Leschhorn, W., Antike Ären, Historia Einzelschriften 81 (Stuttgart, 1993), 390 ff. Elsewhere in the inscr., however, dating is by eponymous high-priest of the Lycian League.

71 LGPN I and II report a couple of imperial examples from Athens and another from Thasos.

72 Ibid. II.

73 According to Zgusta, L., Kleinasiatische Personennamen (Prague 1964) § 1097.6, Oplon is potentially an epichoric name, variant of Oples, itself an epichoric coinciding with a Greek name. But see W. Pape, Benseler, G. E., Wörterbuch der griechischen Eigennamen3 (1911), s.vv. Οπλων and Οπλης, Bechtel, F., Die historischen Personennamen der Griechischen bis zur Kaiserzeit (1917), 351, and LGPN II s.v. Οπλων (Athens, 3rd. c. B.C.).

74 C. Licinnius Thoas (no. 5 in Jameson's stemma) married Flavia Platonis, daughter of Flavius Aristokles of Kibyra. On the other hand the two fragments together may deal with the connexions of Licinnia Flavilla's maternal grandmother and Flavianus Diogenes' great-great-grandmother Marcia Lykia of Balboura.

75 IGR IV 914, 915: Q. Veranius Philagros (from the site of Kibyra); SEG XIX (1963) 245 no. 778: Astrania (from Boğaziçi in the Eren Çay valley).

76 Demostheneia Festival inscr. line 47: Veranius Komon.

77 Cf. Balland, A., Xanthos VII (1981) 282.

78 See PIR 2 M 229 with stemma, and C 947 with stemma maius; Naour, C., ZPE XXIX (1978) 111 f.; IGR IV 912.

79 Wörrle, , SuF 4243. The dates given by Cagnat after Heberdey in IGR are erroneous.

80 Cf. Robert, L., Les gladiateurs dans l'Orient grec (1940), 149 no. 113a.

81 It appears that Pamphylia was temporarily annexed to Galatia, while Lycia enjoyed some months of autonomy in A.D. 68–69, which were terminated by Vespasian who (re?)appointed Sex. Marcius Priscus as governor. See R. Syme, “The Rank and Repute of Lycia,” in id., Anatolica, Studies in Strabo (Oxford 1995) 270 ff. at 274–80. According to W. Eck, ZPE VI (1970), 65 ff., Pamphylia was reunited with Lycia only in A.D. 74.

82 Cf. Balland, A., Xanthos VII 283. Marcius Titianus was co-aeval with C. Iulius Demosthenes of Oinoanda (PIR2 I 288), who was born c. A.D. 45–50. Like Demosthenes, Titianus was Lyciarch later in life, after his army career was over, when he returned home, and after the statue erected by his fellow-Balbourans, IGR III 472, cf. 500 eastern inscr. col. III 30 ff. His son T. Marcius Deioterianos (PIR 2 M 229) belonged to the same generation as C. Iulius Antoninus (PIR 2 J 677), the son of Demosthenes who married Licinnia Maxima; her brother C. Licinnius Marcius Thoantianos Longus (PIR2 L 209), Lyciarch in A.D. 132, married Deioterianos' sister Marcia Lykia. Deioterianos' daughter Marcia Tlepolemis was probably born between A.D. 90 and 110. Cf. N. Milner and Mitchell, S., “An Exedra for Demosthenes of Oenoanda and his Relatives,” AnSt XLV (1995) 91107 on the family of Demosthenes, and Wörrle, SuF ch. 4.

83 Roman governors were personally involved in the selection of army recruits, cf. Davies, R. W., Service in the Roman Army (Edinburgh 1989) 330. Presumably, a Lycian aristocrat of suitable age and physical and mental calibre who desired a commission as a centurion in the legions was not likely to be refused on account of his citizenship. Veg. Mil. I.7 says that the Roman army ought, if possible, to recruit those of “honest birth”, a view which was traditional; cf. Tac., Ann. IV.4.4.

84 Cf. IGR IV 907 = OGIS 495, calling her son Ti. Claudius Polemon, Asiarch, the ἔκγονος (=great-grandson/grandson) of Flavius Krateros and Marcius Deioterianos, Lyciarch.

85 Wörrle, , SuF, 97100. Vespasian's reorganization seems to be attested in several different provinces, see Fishwick, D., The Imperial Cult in the Latin West I.2 (Leiden 1987), 298. But Dr. B. Levick suggests (per litt.) that instead of the government imposing cult, there was a rush to get in favour with the new Emperor and one province imitated another. On Lycia Vespasian merely reimposed a governor and taxation.

86 Halfmann, H., Die Senatoren aus dem östlichen Teil des Imperium Romanum bis zum Ende des 2. Jahrhunderts n. Chr. (Göttingen, 1979), 149. His son, Marcia Tlepolemis' grandson, Ti. Claudius Celsus Orestianus (PIR2 C 829) was Lyciarch at the end of the second century.

87 Kearsley, R. A., “A Leading Family of Cibyra and some Asiarchs of the First Century,” AnSt XXXVIII (1988), 4351. See also Friesen, S. J., Twice Neokoros: Ephesus, Asia and the Cult of the Flavian Imperial Family, Religion in the Graeco-Roman World 116 (Leiden 1993), App. II p. 215–17, refuting Kearsley with epigraphical, as opposed to prosopographical, arguments.

88 The name is very rarely attested in epigraphy: no examples in IGR I, III or IV, nor LGPN I–II, nor SEG index 1976–85, nor Solin, H., Die griechischen Personennamen in Rom II (1982) 861 ff. But it is clearly a feminine form corresponding to Euelthon, cf. IGR III 582, 598, 621, meaning “welcome”. We accentuate it as an oxytone, cf. εὐπλοκαμίς, and Chandler, H. W., Greek Accentuation (1881 2) 202 § 713. That this is not a high-class name, cf. Solin, loc. cit., and yet can be found in a senatorial family from the second century, is one index of social mobility in the Empire.

89 Bearing in mind that first cousins were called ἐξάδελϕοι in Roman Lycia and in our inscr. (cf. eastern inscr. col. II lines 43 ff.), only the above proposed solution will allow Claudia Tlepolemis, daughter of Claudius Iulianus, to be the ἀνεψία—“niece”—of Ti. Claudius Polemon, Asiarch, as in IGR IV 910. Halfmann's solution (p. 149) that Ti. Claudius Polemon married a sister of Claudius Iulianus, would make Claudia Tlepolemis (a word of root πενθερ— or γαμβρ—, e.g.) his πενθεριδῆ, (?)πενθερά, γαμβροτιδῆ. or γαμβρά. Groag, , sub PIR2 C 947, doubtless because of the name “Orestianus” for Polemon's son Ti. Cl. Celsus Orestianus, reasonably suggests that Polemon married a daughter of Cl. Orestes, and that Polemon had a sister Claudia who married Cl. Orestes' son Cl. Iulianus. We reject the alternative possibility that Claudia Euelthis married Cl. Orestes the father of Cl. Iulianus on age grounds, because that would leave Polemon erecting gravestones for his mother, his uncle, his brother, and his sister's granddaughter at a time when her son (his great-grand-nephew) was already in the senate, cf. IGR IV 906, 909, 910, 912.

90 See stemma XV in Raepsaet-Charlier, M.-T., Prosopographie des femmes de l'ordre senatorial (Ier-IIe siècles) II (1987).

91 M.-T. Raepsaet-Charlier, vol. I (1987), 228 no. 253.

92 The gentilicia are not wholly reliable, cf. Halfmann, H., Tituli V (1982), 635, cited by Raepsaet-Charlier, 228 n. 1.

93 Unless we should read, <Ἰ>ο[υλιανῷ]?

94 Many, if not most, of the persons named in the genealogy were actually polyonomous. There being insufficient room to give all their names, only those most frequently used, or of greatest diacritical value, were inscribed. Thus the “Claudius Titianus” of the inscr., husband of Claudia Helene, was also called Ti. Claudius Flavianus Titianus Q. Vilius Proculus L. Marcius Celer M. Calpurnius Longus, see Halfmann, op. cit. (n. 86) 184 no. 107. “Licinnius Longus” was also called C. Licinnius Marcius Thoantianos Longus (see PIR2 L 209). As well as abbreviating names in this way, the inscr. is not always consistent in its choice of names: (Flavianus?) Flavillianus' half-brother is called “Flavianus Diogenianos” at col. IV, line 14 and “Diogenianos Eirenaios” at col. VI, line 5. Flavianus Diogenes' second wife is called “[Flavil]la alias Theano” in the eastern inscr., col. IV 15 ff., and “[?Anas]sa Flavilla” in the western (see Inscr. 3 (d) below). “Claudia Androbiane” in the eastern inscr., col. IV, line 13 is “Claudia Androbiane alias Lykia” at col. VI, line 1.

95 So Raepsaet-Charlier, M.-T., in Eck, W. (ed.), Prosopographie und Sozialgechichte: Studien zur Methodik und Erkenntnismöglichkeit der Kaiserzeitlichen Prosopographie, Kolloquium Köln 1991 (Cologne, 1993), 150 n. 23.

96 Cf. Halfmann, op. cit. (n. 86) 149–151, no. 61 “Claudius Orestes”; Raepsaet-Charlier, op. cit. (n. 90) I 196, no. 211 “(Claudia)”, ib. 228 no. 253 “Claudia Tlepolemis”.

97 Cf. Jameson, S., AnSt XVI (1966) facing p. 137. As a “Flavia Flavilla” would be somewhat surprising for the reasons outlined earlier, Flavia Anassa is less likely to be identical with [Anas]sa Flavilla, and is mentioned mainly to provide parallels from the names of contemporary relatives. Also, it would appear that the new inscr. swaps the order of marriages precisely to expatiate on the exogamous alliance with Claudia Androbiana, and the lacuna in the eastern text, col. IV, line 15, is too small for “Anassa” to be included with “Flavil[la”. On the other hand, she is of the same generation as Flavianus Diogenes, and what is more, his first cousin, and so well qualified for marriage to him in the family tradition.

98 Wörrle, , SuF 76 n. 149.

99 See Bowersock, G. W. apud Eck, W., Chiron, (1983), 171 n. 415; cf. Wörrle, , SuF 43.

100 Cf. Wörrle, , SuF 40.

101 Kubinska, J., Les Monuments funéraires dans les inscriptions grecques de l'Asie Mineure (Warsaw, 1968) passim. Exceptions are TAM II 611 (Tlos): a tomb for parents (on right), self and wife (on left), and dependants in hyposorion; TAM II 865 (Idebessos): a sarcophagus for parents, husband, children and descendants; BSA XVII (19101911) 238 no. 18 (Perge): a sarcophagus for mother, self and wife; and TAM III 742 (Termessos): a sarcophagus for the mother alone.

102 Lic. Flavilla appears as a point of reference six times, at III 49, 55, 62, 67, VI 15, and VII 12, Fl. Diogenes only three times, at IV 11, 12, and VI 22.

103 Cf. n. 40 above.

104 That this might have appeared miserly or ungallant to some is not an argument against it.

105 He thus follows in the tradition of such luminaries as Opramoas of Rhodiapolis and Iason of Kyaneai, who were active in League politics 50 years earlier.

106 As well as consulars, the eastern inscr. includes those related to imperial pretenders, namely the son-in-law and grandchildren of Avidius Cassius, who rebelled against M. Aurelius in A.D. 175, and the grandmother or great-grandmother of Sulpicia Dryantilla, wife of P. C[… ] Regalianus, who rebelled against Gallienus in A.D. 259. Mommsen identified Cassius' son-in-law Ti. Cl. Antoninus, Dryantianos in “Depitianus” at CJ 9.8.6. Sulpicia Dryantilla “belonged to an influential nexus of families from Lycia, long since intermarried with the best names in the Antonine nobility: Q. Pompeius Sosius Falco (cos. 193) had for wife Sulpicia Agrippina.”—Syme, R., Emperors and Biography: Studies in the Historia Augusta (Oxford, 1971), 197–8. See stemma in PIR2 C facing p. 166. On Regalian, see Fitz, J., Ingenuus et Régalian (Coll. Latomus LXXXI) (Brussels, 1966).

107 See Mart., Ep. 4.40, Pliny, HN 35.6, Sen., Ben. 3.28.2. Writing under Hadrian, Juvenal satirised the custom in Sat. 8, asking, “Stemmata quid faciunt?” Some 260 years later, Ammianus 28.4.7 placed it among the characteristic vices of the Roman nobility.

108 See Wiseman, T. P., “Legendary genealogies in late-Republican Rome,” Greece and Rome XXI (1974), 153164; cf. also Wikander, Ö., “Senators and Equites v: Ancestral pride and genealogical studies in late Republican Rome,” Opuscula Romana XIX (1993), 7790.

109 Cicero, Brut. 62, Plutarch, Numa 21.4. Julius Caesar delivered one such for his aunt Julia in 69 B.C., praising her genealogy which descended from kings on her mother's side (Ancus Marcius), and the gods on her father's (Venus), Suetonius, DJ 6.1.

110 Matthew 1, 1–16.

111 The names of Avidius Cassius and his daughter Alexandra are passed over in silence at east face col. II 79–80.

112 Noting (per litt.) that the ladies were Lévi-Straussian links between the families, Dr. B. Levick wonders if they set store by Herodotos I 173.4 on the (mythical?) Lycian terminology of lineage through the female line.

* It is a pleasure to thank the Directorate-General of Monuments and Museums in Ankara for granting permission for the survey and research at Oinoanda between 1974 and 1994, and the British Academy, the Craven Committee of the University of Oxford, the B.I.A.A., and a number of colleges for financial and material support over several years. We are also grateful to the project's temsilciler between 1974 and 1994, especially the latest, Bay Ilhan Güceren of Isparta museum, for his help in the survey led by S. Mitchell when Milner was able to work on the tomb. Hall was responsible for the initial epigraphic work, Coulton for the architectural aspects and the location of the inscriptions on the building, and Milner for the bulk of the research on the inscriptions, particularly that at the west end of the tomb. However, these contributions cannot be rigorously separated, and there was much interaction. We also thank Dr. B. Levick for her comments. Additional abbreviations are listed at the end of the article.

The Mausoleum of Licinnia Flavilla and Flavianus Diogenes of Oinoanda: Epigraphy and Architecture*

  • A. S. Hall, N. P. Milner and J. J. Coulton


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