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Horos for the sanctuary of Zeus, Ge and Athena
Horos for the sanctuary of Zeus, Ge and Athena

This is one of the many inscribed steles used in ancient cities to demarcate a public or private precinct. This one marked the sanctuary of three gods, Zeus Meilichios, Ge and Athena, in the area of modern-day Ampelokipi in Athens, at the end of the 5th century BC. These steles not only marked the precinct, but they also secured the property of a sanctuary and forbade access to the profane. This short inscription consists of five lines, carved neatly with equal distances between each letter and between the lines. The engraver began to write the name 'Athena' before that of Ge, then changed his mind and corrected it.

Inscription:   ΗΙΕΡΟΝ :
ΔΙΟΣ : ΜΙ-
ΛΙΧΙΟ : Γ-
ΗΣ : ΑΘΗΝ-
ΑΙΑΣ
Exhibit Features
Date: Classical period, end of the 5th century BC
Place of discovery: Athens, Ampelokepoi
Dimensions: length: 0,25 m, width: 0,14 m, height: 0,795 m
Material: limestone
Inventory number: ΕΜ 10081
Exhibition hole: Hall 11th (archaic inscriptions)
Copyright: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
 
 
 
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Η ελληνική γραφή: κατάλογος έκθεσης, Αθήνα, 2003, αρ. 11