Release of PHRC043-47

Dear PHRC readers,

We are happy to launch today five new texts of the PHRC collection, nos. 43-47.

Nos. 43-44 are two decrees issued by the institutions of Iasos and by a city tribe to honour King Antiochos III and Queen Laodike. Our edition of the decree PHRC043 mainly follows that by Nafissi 2001, but we have added a few new proposals, in particular one concerning the garment of the priestess of Queen Aphrodite Laodike on public events.

Nos. 45-47 are three small objects dedicated respectively to Ptolemy II (or perhaps III) at Herakleia near Latmos, to Kleopatra VII and Arsinoe II at Salamis, Cyprus. All these dedications appear on uncommon objects: a conical sundial crafted by an Alexandrian technician, a terracotta statuette of Eros riding on a rooster, and a large amphora of a funerary type well known in archaic Salamis.

The dedication no. 46 to Kleopatra VII is very problematic as regards both the content and syntax of the inscribed text, to a point that we cannot exclude that it is a modern fake.

This new release adds some new types of material (terracotta) and object (sundial), and various new elements to the Vocabulary list. Nos. 46-47, from the Salamis collection of Luigi and Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, also prompt a discussion of some questionable habits of late-19th collectors, which urge modern scholars to be particularly cautious when evaluating problematic objects of unspecified provenance.

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