Φιλόξενος -> Philoxenus, Philoxenos

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Inscription of a terra-cotta figure of Aphrodite
ΦΙΛΟ[Σ]ΕΝΟ[.].

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Any idea why this would be written on the base of the Aphrodite statue?


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"Philoxenos" was a common male name in antiquity.  Here it might be the sculptor's name, or possibly the dedicant's.  Less likely:  the word might be an epithet of Aphrodite, "hospitable;"  if so, it would be unique, since it doesn't seem to be attached to that goddess in any other ancient source.


 

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