The Sculptor Eucharistos and His Dedications in Nysa ad Maeandrum

Nuray GÖKALP ÖZDİL   52–58

Doi: 10.36991/PHILIA.201905 

 

Abstract: In this article, the author presents and analyses a dedication on a limestone block unearthed during the excavations at Nysa ad Maeandrum in 2019. Found, not in situ, in the colonnaded street, the block was originally probably an architectural element of the hitherto unknown temple of Zeus. According to the text, the sculptor Eucharistos produced the front part of the temple (pronaon) together with a marble altar set up in front of it and the cult statue of Zeus. The words παρὰ ἑαυτοῦ ποιήσας ἀνέθηκε indicate that he also paid the expenses out of his own pocket. It seems that he had the financial resources for this euergetic act. In this context the status and wealth of sculptors in the cities of Western Asia Minor are examined. On the basis of the letter forms, Eucharistos’ dedication is to be dated to the 2nd or 3rd century AD.

Keywords: Eucharistos the sculptor, Temple of Zeus, Pronaon, Dedications, Marble.

 

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