Eusebios’ aedicula tombstone from Hippos

Michael Eisenberg, Gregor Staab

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During excavations of Tal Fortress, on the fringes of Hippos’ Southern Necropolis, a tombstone was found in secondary use. This Roman-period funerary stela depicts the bust of the deceased Eusebios engraved in an aedicula, with the name and short formula inscribed on the aedicula’s side. This tombstone is the first inscribed funerary portraiture to be unearthed in Hippos of the Decapolis, and the first to be published. It may have been produced by a local yet unidentified workshop.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalPalestine Exploration Quarterly
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We wish to thank the highly motivated participants and team of the Hippos Excavations and in particular Arleta Kowalewska. We wish to thank also the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa for its logistic and laboratory support.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, © Palestine Exploration Fund 2020.


  • Decapolis
  • Hippos
  • Roman
  • aedicula
  • epigraphy
  • funerary culture
  • necropolis
  • tombstone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Religious studies
  • Archaeology


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