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14-Dec-2013 Dick Osseman

Olympos second of the Port Monumental Tombs December 2013 4019.jpg

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The second of the Port Monumental Tombs is located in a two-storey space carved into the bedrock. The inscription on the lintel, which was discovered and published during the researches carried out at the beginning of the century, but is now lost, reads: "Aurelius Zosimos, son of Euporistos, had the building built for himself, his mother, his wife, his children, his grandchildren and his uncle Eudemos".

There are two sarcophagi on the lower floor. Under the lid of the sarcophagus in the east (here the right) of the room, there is a four-line Greek inscription: "M[arcus] Aur[elius] Zosimos of Olympus, son of Euporistos, with my tomb myself and my wife Aur[ellus] Arete and our daughter Aur[elia] Olypias and our sons Aurelius] "So-and-so and Aurelius] Euporistos and my children.

The sarcophagus, called the sarcophagus of Captain Eudemos (to the left), is located just opposite the entrance and close to the north wall.

I have been informed these tombs "date from roughly 250 AD, one can tell that from the first name of Zosimas (Aurelius), which in fact is a legal statement. In 212 imperator Caracalla ordered an edict to let all free inhabitants of the whole empire be Roman citizens (Constitutio antoniniana, for short CA). He did that by giving them his gentil name Aurelius. So the inscriptions with AYP (AUR) are dating after 212. By the end oft 4th century that went out of use because by then anybody was AYP and there was no more something special about it."

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