inscription on Roman ruins

Offline trkyem

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Can you please help with the translation of the inscription? Thank you.



Offline billberg23

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Sadly, the grass growing in front of most of the inscription makes it impossible to interpret.  Any other photos?  Did someone at least make a handwritten copy?  Is it published anywhere?  Where is the site?
Τί δέ τις; Τί δ' οὔ τις; Σκιᾶς ὄναρ ἄνθρωπος. — Πίνδαρος



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My friend took this picture. Unfortunately, I don't have another copy. Thank you for helping out.


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Έχω μια απορία, ποιος και πως προσδιόρισε ότι τα ερείπια είναι ρωμαϊκά, αφού η επιγραφή είναι ελληνική (ΚΑΙ ΔΑ ΔΗ ΠΑΤΡΙ), όπως πολύ καθαρά φαίνεται στην εικόνα;
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Έχω μια απορία, ποιος και πως προσδιόρισε ότι τα ερείπια είναι ρωμαϊκά, αφού η επιγραφή είναι ελληνική (ΚΑΙ ΔΑ ΔΗ ΠΑΤΡΙ), όπως πολύ καθαρά φαίνεται στην εικόνα;
Logical question, Ion!  "Roman ruins" is just archaeologists' jargon for "ruins from the Roman period," the period to which this architectural member (arch) and the letter forms belong.  In other words, it's from some part of the Roman empire (probably Asia Minor), and from the early centuries C.E.  
At first I thought the visible part might say ΔΑιΔΗ ΠΑΤΡΙΑ, "ancestral torches," but the word δαΐς is feminine, so can't have a neuter plural form; and the letter after ΠΑΤΡΙ is probably Λ, not A.  So ΔΑΔΗ could possibly be a native Anatolian name, masculine, in the dative case:  "to his father Dades"?
« Last Edit: 04 Aug, 2011, 18:35:15 by billberg23 »
Τί δέ τις; Τί δ' οὔ τις; Σκιᾶς ὄναρ ἄνθρωπος. — Πίνδαρος


 

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