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Relief of Tyche

Relief of Tyche

Relief of Tyche

Marble

Diam: 67; Th: 5.5 cm

IAA:

1996-3434

Archaeology/Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine Periods

This medallion presents a rare instance of a pagan goddess decorating a church. It depicts the goddess adorned with jewelry and wearing a crown in the form of a three-towered city wall. In her left hand she holds a cornucopia and in her right a scepter. A Greek inscription, ending in a cross, surrounds the figure, reading “In the name of Flavius son of Theodorus, in the month of Xanthikos 645” - Flavius being the governor in office at the time the medallion was donated to the church.