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A paramone Text on a Family Funerary bomos at Burdur Museum

  • G. H. R. Horsley and R. A. Kearsley


Accessed in late 1964 into Burdur Museum not long after the latter had been formally constituted, inv. no. 292 is the only inscribed monument there which bears the word paramone. This rectangular marble bomos with a phiale top, corner acroteria and a decorative moulding around its outer edge, carries relief decoration and text on all four faces. The monument warrants a little more discussion than can be allowed in the catalogue which we are preparing of the inscriptions in that Museum. No provenance is stated in the Museum Inventory register; we must settle on a general origin within the province of Pisidia.



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1 Acknowledgement is made to the Anıtlar ve Müzeler Genel Müdürlüğü of the Turkish Ministry of Culture for approving our permit to research the inscriptions at Burdur. We thank Bay Haci Ali Ekinci, the Museum Director, for his ready co-operation in our task. Our work has been facilitated by grants to us both from the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, and from Macquarie University (RAK), the Australian Research Council (RAK), the University of New England (GHRH), and the Australian Institute of Archaeology (GHRH). We thank S. R. Llewelyn for useful discussion and also N. P. Milner for additional comments.

Abbreviations for epigraphical volumes follow Horsley, G. H. R. and Lee, John A. L., Epigraphica LVI (1994) 129–69.

2 E.g., I.Eph. 5.1546: Νεμέριον Γερλλα[νόν], Νεμερίου υἱόν, Φλάμμαν; I.Stratonikeia 1.177: Κλα[υ](δίᾳ) Σαβεινιανοῦ θυγατρ[ὶ] Άπϕίῳ; Bean, G. E., AnSt X (1960) 48 no. 96 (Kestel/Kodrula, A.D. II; SEG XIX.827): Πετρωνία Αἰμιλία ∣ Μάρκου θυγάτηρ; IAsMinSW 77: Ήρακλέων υἱὸς ∣ Διογένους.

3 For a similar mixture of nomenclature, see Horsley, G. H. R., AnSt 42 (1992) 119–50 = SEG XLII (1992) 1223.

4 Demetrios (inv. 7146); Ias (inv. 5663); Rhodon (inv. 6803); Nais (inv. 227.91.94); Annalis (Zgusta, L., KP 62–5).

5 Inv. 236.179.92.

6 Journal of Juristic Papyrology XV (1965) 221311.

7 Note the discussion of problems surrounding its exact definition by Finley, M. I., Revue internationale des droits de l'Antiquité VII (1960) 165–89 at, e.g., 182–83; Samuel, 294–95.

8 Hall, A. S., AnSt XXVII (1977) 195–96 no. 3 (II–I B.C.); cf. SEG XXVII.931, BE (1978) 462. Note also Bean (n. 2 above), 48 no. 96.11–13.

9 Note, however, that there may be some analogy for hierodouloi with suppliants as the self-given property of the deity in whose temple refuge is sought (cf. Aesch., Suppl.; Eur., Ion 1285).

10 Bean (n. 2 above), 48–49 no. 97 (Kodrula/Kestel, A.D. II; SEG XIX.828).

11 Bean (n. 2 above), no. 96.

12 The primarily funerary character of the monument may explain its lack of the usual expression of divine sanction after the paramone clause. Cf. Hall (n. 8 above), 195, ll. 12–20.

A paramone Text on a Family Funerary bomos at Burdur Museum

  • G. H. R. Horsley and R. A. Kearsley


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