Dedications to Zeus Drymon from Lyrboton Kome

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Abstract: During the field work at Lyrboton Kome near Perge in 2012 three altars were discovered that stand side by side on the edge of a well-type cistern located in front of a monumental building in the eastern centre of the settlement. Two blocks feature Greek inscriptions; whether the third altar also bears an inscription is uncertain owing to the block’s present position. The first of said two inscriptions mentions a weapon (lancea) presented as a dedicatory offering by Aurelius Demetrios after retirement from military service as cornicularius in the Roman Army. The place where the name of the God was given in line 1 is broken away, probably because of the stone’s reuse at a later date. However, the word next to the damaged area is Drymon, which is believed to be the god’s epithet. In a comment on the Hellenistic poet Lykophron, the Byzantine scholar Ioannes Tzetzes mentions that Zeus was worshipped in Pamphylia with the cult title of Drymnios. Since said gap accommodates not more than four letters, we assume that the deity in question is Zeus. The second inscription gives only the name of the dedicator (Sulla). The fact that the two dedicatory inscriptions and the other altar were all found in the same place in front of a large structure suggests that these monuments were related to said structure, which was probably dedicated to Zeus Drymon.

Keywords: Lyrboton Kome; Zeus Drymon; dedications; lancea; Aurelius Demetrios; cornicularius; Sulla.



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