A New Inscribed Funerary Monument from Aigina

by Irene Polinskaya

Hesperia, Volume 71, Issue 4
Page(s): 399-413
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3182043
Year: 2002


This article presents an ancient monument discovered on Aigina in 1999. The monument is remarkable for its unusual shape: a rectangular slab with a pyramidal top, a two-line inscription, and a deep niche with dowel holes in the floor and back walls. I argue that the monument is funerary in function, and that its peculiar features are related to its primary use. The inscription gives a male name and a patronymic, Aristoukhos Aristomeneos, and can be dated to the 4th century B.C. It is possible that Aristomenes, the father of Aristoukhos, is the hero of Pindar's Pythian 8.