Peania: Ancient marble monument found on the plot for the new town hall

An ancient marble monument was discovered on the plot intended for the construction of the new town hall of Paiania.

According to the announcement of the Ministry of Culture, during the recent archaeological rescue excavation in the property plot of the municipality of Paiania, on Palaiopanagias Street, where the New Town Hall of Paiania is to be erected, a white marble tombstone was found, which was erected in a cemetery. ancient municipality of Paiania Kathiperthen, SW of the hill Katsoulerthi.

The monument is preserved in fragments, broken into two parts. Two life-size female figures are depicted: on the right side, the dead woman, sitting in an elaborate diphra (seat), rests her legs on a low footrest. She is dressed in a transparent Ionic tunic and robe. On the left side, in front of the dead woman, stands her therapist, sadly supporting her head with her left hand. The theme of the performance is typical in the tomb reliefs of the 4th c. e.g. and is found in the walled tombstone in the Holy Temple of Agia Paraskevi in ​​Markopoulo, Mesogaia, in the column of Igisos from the cemetery of Kerameikos (National Archaeological Museum) and in the column of Mnissareti from Velanideza (Sculpture Gallery of Munich). The rendering of the figures in the tomb of Paiania almost in full force impresses and dates the monument to the period before Dimitrios Falireas forbade by law (317 BC) the construction of luxurious burial monuments.

The relief was transferred for safekeeping and maintenance to the Archaeological Museum of Vravrona. The excavation is evolving and other fragments are likely to be found. Remains of other eras are also excavated on the plot.


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