Grave Stela of Lenaios

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 29 May 2016

This is a marble grave stela of Lenaios, son of Artemidoros. The deceased image is shown as a banqueter, which belies in his military occupation in life, as indicated in the inscription "As I guarded the tower in battle, oh passer-by, shall I defend it in death". The wreath inscribed, "The People". This indicate Lenaios received the honor of burial at public expense. Probably from Smyrna, Asia Minor. Circa 150-100 BCE. (The British Museum, London)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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