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21. Dedication of a statue of Valerianus

Αὐτοκράτορα Καίσαρα
Πόβλιον Λικίννιον
Οὐα<λ>εριανὸν Σεβ(αστόν)

Imperator Caesar Publius Licinius Valerianus Augustus

Inscription on the pedestal at the east wall of the Sebasteion. The inscription occupies block F 6.

Letters: 2.3-3 cm.

İnan 1993, pp. 230-233, no. 12 (pl. XIII, F cf. pl. XVIII and XXXVI.49).

L. 3 : The stone has Ν instead of Λ.

This block was found in 1990. It preserves on its upper surface a very clear cutting for a statue's left foot. İnan identifies this statue as a bronze torso in the museum of Burdur (inv. 7416; İnan, op. cit., p. 232 with pl. XXXIII.40-41; Queyrel 2003, p. 121, no. 16). This was the last statue unearthed by looters. It was confiscated and transported to Burdur by the gendarmerie on May 12, 1967 (İnan, loc. cit., based on the looters' diaries). The torso is 1,7 m high and lacks the head, both arms, the lower part of the right leg and the tip of the left foot, which rested flat on the ground. According to İnan, the statues' left foot corresponds well to the cutting on block F 6 of the Sebasteion.

On this and the adjoining block to the left, F 3, must once have stood the statue of Septimius Severus. Therefore, one expects to find traces of erasure under the inscriptions for Valerianus and Gallienus. It may be that these stones, and that of block F 7, have been scraped to remove a previous inscription (cf. İnan, op. cit., p. 227, citing W. Eck), as their surface seems quite rough. But the few traces of letters that may still be visible seem too uncertain to be sure.