Funerary Stele of Aphtonetos

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Geoffrey Marchal
published on 13 July 2020

Funerary stele of Aphtonetos Circa 145-165 CE (beginning of Hadrian’s reign). Laurion (Greece) Marble.

This stele evokes an aedicule, whose architrave decorated with hememions rests on pilasters. The inscription identifies the deceased as “Aphtonetos, son of Herakieon, the Milesian”. The ox-dealer comes face on, dressed in a chiton with sleeves and belt, draped in a himation. The shepherd’s staff has the air of a club, so much so that the scene recalls the episode of Hercules bringing back Geryon’s herds. (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium).

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