An inscribed Roman sarcophagus from Elazığ (eastern Turkey) with an appendix on a Latin military inscription

Peter Liddel, Ergün Lafli

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We present a previously-unknown sarcophagus of the Roman period with a fragmentary and hard-to-decipher inscription in Greek, today exhibited in the grounds of the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum of Elazığ in eastern Turkey. A personal name can still be deciphered on the front face of the sarcophagus: Menethymes. Elazığ Museum possesses a large collection of archaeological artefacts, especially from the rescue excavations at the höyük (tell or mound) sites in the area of the Keban dam construction in the 1960s and 1970s. The number of Roman artefacts in this museum is c. 100, excluding numismatic finds. This brief paper makes a contribution to the scanty knowledge of Roman-era funerary monuments in eastern Turkey. In the appendix, we also give the text of one of the most important finds at the same museum, a Latin military inscription from AD 64/65 on Gnaeus Domitius Corbula and the Parthian war.

Original languageTurkish
Pages (from-to)465-474
Number of pages10
JournalCercetări Arheologice Revistă a Muzeului Național de Istorie a României
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2021


  • Eastern Turkey
  • Elazığ
  • Graeco-Roman epigraphy
  • Graeco-Roman onomastics
  • Harput
  • Latin military inscription
  • Museum of Elazığ
  • Roman archaeology
  • Roman period
  • Sarcophagus

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