The Age of a parthenos. A new Epitaph from Aphrodisias

Angelos CHANIOTIS   200–205 | Download


Abstract: A new posthumous honorific inscription from Aphrodisias (2nd cent. CE) for Melition Tatia uses the expression ‘she died at the age of a parthenos’. Usually, παρθένος denotes multiple things at the same time: virginity, unmarried status, and youth. The new text from Aphrodisias reminds us of the primary meaning of parthenos is the age class of girls. In many inscriptions parthenos does not refer to virginity but to age.

Keywords: Parthenos; age; Aphrodisias; statue base; gymnasion.



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