PHRC017 : Dedication to Arsinoe Philadelphos, Paros - Cyclades (270-240 BC) Dedication

This block bears one of the three preserved genitive dedications to Arsinoe Philadelphos from Paros. It was probably inserted in a bigger structure, an altar or a wall.

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Archaeological Museum of Paros


Object Type: Block
Broken in several points. In IG XII 5, Hiller von Gaertringen erroneously describes it as a 'tabula votiva'.
Material: Limestone
Height: max. 19 cm
Width: max. 30 cm
Depth: 20 cm


Text written in two lines. The stonecutter did not have enough space for the last Y, which he placed under the O.
Large and shallow letters. No indication is given about the letter shape.
Letter height between 1.8 cm (0) and 3.2 cm (Φ).


Original Place: Paros
Date: Between 270 and 240 BC
Justification: Formulary and lettering
Provenance: Found by de Ridder in a private house near the Church of Agios Eustathios.


Text constituted from: IG XII 5, 264.

Other editions: de Ridder 1897, p. 17, no. 3.

See also: Caneva 2014, no. 45; Caneva 2020.

Images: IG XII 5, 264 (drawing).

Further bibliography:

Online record: PHI




Φιλαδέλφο[υ] de Ridder


(S. Caneva)
Of Arsinoe Philadelphos


(S. Caneva)
Di Arsinoe Philadelphos


This inscribed block bears one of the three genitive dedications to Arsinoe from Paros (cf. IG XII 5, 265, marble; IG XII 5, 266 = PHRC016, limestone). The stone was already heavily damaged at the time of its discovery, so the question rises of whether it was originally a block meant to be inserted in a bigger structure (an altar or a wall), or a small altar that has been later reworked to be turned into building material. Comparison with the Aegean documentation of the dedications to Arsinoe Philedelphos makes the first hypothesis more probable.

Stefano Caneva, on 04.04.2019

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