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A Dog’s Life (and Death) at the Museum 14 April 2007

Posted by Troels in : Archaeology , trackback

Following up on my previous musings on a less than aesthetically pleasing statuette in a Turkish museum, here’s another canine-themed post. Seen in the photo below is a sarcophagus made especially for a dog and exhibited today in the Antalya Archaeological Museum. It was found in Termessos in 1998.


A dog’s sarcophagus in the Antalya Archaeological Museum. Photo: TMK, May 2006.

We know that it was made for a dog because of the barely readable inscription (here slightly adapted from the translation offered by the museum):

(This grave) keeps inside the one that death took suddenly.
This is the grave of Dog Stephanos that went away and vanished.
Rhodope cried for it and buried it like a human.
I, (the) Dog Stephanos: Rhodope set up my grave.

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1. Current Epigraphy » Inscribed sarcophagus for a dog named Stephanos - 3 May 2007

[...] Troels Myrup has posted a photograph of the sarcophagus, found at Termessos and now in the Antalya museum, together with the following translation of the inscription (alas, not transcribed): (This grave) keeps inside the one that death took suddenly. This is the grave of Dog Stephanos that went away and vanished. Rhodope cried for it and buried it like a human. I, (the) Dog Stephanos: Rhodope set up my grave. [...]