Ancient Art

Acrostic Rotas-Sator Square

ca. A.D. 165–256

Paint on plaster

23.5 x 21 cm (9 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)
Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos
1933.298
Culture: 
Syrian, Dura-Europos
Period: 
Graeco-Roman or Parthian
Classification: 
Inscriptions
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Excavated by the Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos, present-day Syria, 1928–37; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity (Boston: McMullen Museum of Art, 2011), 357, no. 50, pl. 50.

Jennifer Chi and Sebastian Heath, eds., Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews, and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos, exh. cat. (New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2011), 112, no. 16, ill.

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