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L’épigramme grecque du tombeau de Maiorinus à Buṣr al-Ḥarīri (Syrie du Sud). Poésie funéraire et prosopographie dans la province romaine d’Arabie

Abstract : The two famous metrical epitaphs engraved on the tomb of the Roman senator Maiorinus at Buṣr al-Ḥarīri, in southern Syria, have been included in 2014 in the fifteenth volume of the Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie (IGLS), devoted to the Trachon Plateau. Both texts are republished here and commented on in light of a reappraisal of the Greek epigram, according to which the deceased was the relative or colleague of a “Kertos, very loyal to the emperors and irreproachable.” Just like Maiorinus, who ended his career as a prefect of the praetorium in the East, Kertos (Certus) turns out to have been a senior official of the Roman state, who served under several emperors in the first half of the fourth century AD, probably Constantine and Constantius II. The same man also seemingly appears in the funerary epigram of a lawyer from Kolybrassos in Pamphylia. According to this poem, he may have held in civil administration a position higher than that of a provincial governor, perhaps as count of the East. The study of his career path and networks hints at the social and political rise of a distinguished family originating from the north of the Roman Provincia Arabia in Late Antiquity.
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Julien Aliquot. L’épigramme grecque du tombeau de Maiorinus à Buṣr al-Ḥarīri (Syrie du Sud). Poésie funéraire et prosopographie dans la province romaine d’Arabie. Syria. Archéologie, art et histoire, IFPO, 2019, 96, pp.435-444. ⟨halshs-02958472⟩

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