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SEG XLIV 505 Macedonia. Amphipolis. Regulations Pertaining To The Cult Of Asclepius. Ca. 350–300

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Fragment of a white marble stele, discovered in spring 1965, at the site of the ancient city of Amphipolis. This inscription is a chance find, discovered during trial excavations in Amphipolis at Bezesteni, very near an excavated colonnade. A fragment of an Ionic column was discovered in the process of re-filling the excavated area. Restorations aside, it seems obvious that this fragment regulates activities in a sanctuary of Asclepius, where incubation is practiced, and where other gods are worshipped together with him. Asclepius was frequently worshipped in association with other gods, especially with Hygieia and Apollo. This may explain the reference to gods in the plural. It seems that under the Macedonian kings the priest of Asclepius was eponymous in Amphipolis.

Keywords: Amphipolis; Asclepius; Macedonia; SEG XLIV 505; Veligianni



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