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Limestone Stela

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Limestone Stela


architectural element




Round topped, two dogs, recumbent, inscribed. This votive relief was dedicated in honour of the cult of the Emperor Nero. The upper section of the stela is carved in an Egyptian style and the inscription is in Greek, the official language of Egypt during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.

Field Collection



depth 3.6 cm
height 24.9 cm
width 14.7 cm




A.D. 54 — A.D. 68


  1. inscription
    Position: below winged sun disk
    Method: incised
    Content: ΚΑΙ ΣΥ
    Interpretation: This phrase appears in mosaics associated with the evil eye, and meant something like 'the same to you' (cf. Brenk)
    Language: Greek
  2. inscription
    Position: below jackals
    Method: incised
    Translation: For the Tyche of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Imperator, the Synod [of the (village of)] Lyko[politans]


  1. (1999) Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag GMBH [page: ]
    Source title: Clothed in Purple Light (
    [comments: ]
  2. Brenk, Frederick E.
    The KAI SU stele in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [page: ]
    Source title: Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (1999)
    [comments: ]
  3. Heichelheim, F.M.
    (1942) The Greek Inscriptions in the Fitzwilliam Museum (1942) [page: ]
    Source title: Journal of Hellenic Studies (
    [comments: p.17 d]
  4. Ashton, S.A.
    (2004) Roman Egyptomania , London : Golden House Publications (2004) London: Golden House Publications [page: 24 & 25]
  5. Martin, G.T.
    (2005) Stelae from Egypt and Nubia in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, c. 3000BC - AD1150 , Cambridge (Cambs.) : Cambridge University Press (2005) Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press [page: 166]



Accession Number

E.49.1901 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 50365; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-12)

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