Limestone (?) stela broken away at the right-hand side and inscribed with seven lines of Greek. The text honours Flavius Maecius Severus Dionysodorus, a Platonic philosopher and city council member (bouleutes), in a dedication by the city council (Boulê) of Antinoupolis.
- Excavated/Findspot: Antinoupolis
- (Africa,Egypt,Middle Egypt,Sheikh Ibada,Antinoupolis)
- Height: 330 millimetres
- Width: 440 millimetres
- Thickness: 30 millimetres
Inscription Content1 Ἀγαθῆι Tύχηι
2 Φλάυϊον Mαίκιον Σε[ουῆρον]
3 Διονυσόδωρον τῶν [ἐν τῶι]
4 Μουσείωι σιτουμέ[νων ἀτελῶν]
5 Πλατωνικὸν φιλόσ[οφον καὶ]
6 βουλευτὴν Ἀντ[ινοέων Νέων]
7 Ἑλλήνων ἡ [βουλή]
Inscription Translation1 For Good Fortune.
2 Flavius Maecius Sev[erus]
3 Dionysodorus, one of those
4 maintained by the Museum, exempt from taxes,
5 Platonic philosopher and
6 bouleutes (is honoured by)
7 the Boulê of the new Hellenes of Antinoupolis.
Inscription CommentEach line of text is each 40mms high
First published by Johnson (1914, 180–81), the text provides documentary support for the fiscal privileges granted to the intellectual elite affiliated with the Mouseion. If the individual is correctly identified with the Neo-Platonic philosopher Severus––whose work is quoted in Proclus, Eusebius and Porphyry––the stela should date to the last quarter of the second century AD (Worp and Cauderlier 1982). Although it was purchased on site, not excavated, it can be attributed to Antinoupolis based on content.
For an account of the history of scholarship and a discussion of the identity of the philosopher, see Cauderlier and Worp 1982. For a discussion of the boulê, and, for privileges granted to the citizens of Antinoupolis, see Bell 1940.
Bell, H. I. 1940. Antinoopolis: A Hadrianic foundation in Egypt. Journal of Roman Studies 30: 133–47.
Johnson, J. de M. Antinoë and its papyri. JEA 1: 168–81.
Cauderlier, P. and K. A. Worp. SB III 6012 = IBM 1076: Unrecognised evidence for a mysterious philosopher. Aegyptus: Rivista italiana di egittologia e di papirologia 62: 72–79.
fair - 2 (2)
4 August 2011
Reason for treatment
Light clean, remove and relocate object number
The object is in stable condition, but there are some rough edges that display small hairline cracks
The object was swabbed with de-Ionized water to remove the compacted dirt on the surface of the object. (Mainly in the sides and back of the object). In cleaning the front surface, it was seen that there were remains of red pigment/paint in the crevices of some fo the letters. In some cases it the dirt was on top of the red color, but in other areas the reverse. Without further testing it is unknown if this red color is original.A small hairline fracture at the top right edge cause a small peices (1cm x1cm) to become dislodged. This was secured with HMG Paraloid B-72 and capped with Glass micro-balloons in 20% Paraloid B-72 in Acetone. This area was then toned with acrylic paints. The old numbers were removed from the front of the object and relocated on the back. This was done using acetone and Nitomors. Residual paint was still visable, thus the small sections were painted in using acrylic paint.
Stela was purchased on site during 1913/1914 EEF expedition directed by Johnson (1914, 180).
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- SB III 6012
Limestone(?) monumental inscription broken away at the right-hand side and bearing seven lines of Greek. The text honours Flavius Maecius Severus Dionysodorus, Platonic philosopher, in a dedication by the Senate of Antinoopolis.
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Object reference number: YCA56080
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