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The permanent exhibition of the Epigraphical Museum

Marble grave stele of Autokleides
Funerary stele of Autokleides

This marble plaque marked the grave of a young man of the Archaic period. Its upper part is broken, and only parts of the epigram's six verses survive. This is a unique monument since the inscription is among the very few that are read from right to left, according to Phoenician principles, and from the bottom up. Also interesting is the fact that the epigram is written in the first person singular, as if a relative, friend or simple passer-by were talking. The epigram relates the premature death of the young Autokleides.

Inscription:   ΑΥΤΟΚΛΕΙΔΟ ΤΟ-
ΔΕ ΣΕΜΑ ΝΕΟ Π-
ΡΟΣΟΡΟΝ ΑΝ-
ΙΟΜΑΙ ΚΑΙ ΘΑ-
ΝΑΤΟΙ ΤΑΥ[. .]
ΑΝ [- - - - - - - ]
Exhibit Features
Date: Archaic period, about 550 BC
Place of discovery: Athens, P. Ralli Street
Dimensions: length: 0,335 m, width: 0,105 m, height: 0,48 m
Material: Island marble
Inventory number: ΕΜ 13474
Exhibition hole: Hall 11th (archaic inscriptions)
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
 
 
 
  Suggestive Bibliography
 
Ματθαίου Α., "Δύο αρχαϊκές επιτύμβιες στήλες", Ηόρος 4, (1986), 31-34
 
Η ελληνική γραφή: κατάλογος έκθεσης, Αθήνα, 2003, αρ. 32