A statue base with the honorary inscription of P. Claudius calpurnianus, the priest of asclepius Eine Statuenbasis mit Ehreninschrift für den Asklepiospriester P. Claudius Calpurnianus Asklepios rahibi P. Claudius Calpurnianus’un onurlandırma yazıtını taşıyan bir heykel kaidesi

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EKİN MERİÇ A., Dreyer B.

Gephyra, vol.17, pp.183-188, 2019 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.37095/gephyra.502869
  • Journal Name: Gephyra
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.183-188
  • Keywords: Asclepius “the savior”, Earthquake 120 AD, Nicaea, Priest of Asclepius, Priest of Hadrian, İznik
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


© 2019, Archaeology and Art Publications. All rights reserved.In the northwest corner of the theatre-excavations under the leadership of Dr. Aygün Ekin Meriç in Nikaia a honorific round basis (originally with statue) for the Asclepius priest Publius Claudius Calpurnianus was detected. The person honoured was son of the priest of the ruler Hadrian and member of an influential family of the city. The role of Hadrian as a benefactor in rebuilding the city after the earthquake of 120 AD is well known. His priest may be crucial that his son was invested a priest of the Asclepius cult. A family member may also have erected the basis. A priest of Asclepios is not attested yet, in the city. The cult is important for the city and the region, though Asclepios, therefore, „a Saviour” god, probably played a significant role during a catastrophe like an earthquake. The close connection of father and son as well as of Hadrian and Asclepius priest focuses our minds on the earthquake of 120 AD.