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Painted grave stelai in Antiquity

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Painted stele from Vergina
Detail from the painted grave stele with a female figure, found in the Great Tumulus at Vergina, late 4th century BC, Veroia, Archaeological Museum.

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Painted stele from Vergina
late 4th century BC

Painted, as well as moulded, grave stelai were used in the Hellenistic years. Employing the encaustic technique, artists decorated grave stelai with plant motifs, depictions of the dead etc. These painted stelai, which were placed on the graves, bore the names of the dead and their patronyms (e.g. Drykalos, Amadika), thus constituting a valuable source of information on the names of ordinary Macedonian citizens.

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