Catalogue of Punic Stelae in the British Museum

Catalogue of Punic Stelae in the British Museum

by Carole Mendleson, British Museum Press, C. Mendleson
     
 

This catalogue discusses aspects of Carthaginian or 'Punic' culture as shown by the inscribed and carved stones, or stelae, in the British Museum's collections. These stelae were acquired during the 19th century in North Africa, and come mainly from Tunisia. The majority of the stelae have votive or dedicatory inscriptions in Punic and some of them are thought to

Overview

This catalogue discusses aspects of Carthaginian or 'Punic' culture as shown by the inscribed and carved stones, or stelae, in the British Museum's collections. These stelae were acquired during the 19th century in North Africa, and come mainly from Tunisia. The majority of the stelae have votive or dedicatory inscriptions in Punic and some of them are thought to come from tophets , burial precincts that are characteristic of Phoenician settlements in the west Mediterranean. The stelae provide a window on the religion and language of the Carthaginians, both of which are still imperfectly understood. They date from between the 4th century BC to the 4th century AD, and in the catalogue they are divided into Punic and Neo-Punic, according to whether they pre- or post-date the Roman sack of Carthage in 146 BC. The Catalogue describes each stela, giving transcriptions and translations of the Punic and neo-Punic inscriptions, plus measurements and bibliographical references. Every stela is photographically illustrated to facilitate reading the inscriptions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861590988
Publisher:
British Museum Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Series:
Occasional Papers
Pages:
118
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.62(h) x 0.28(d)

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Meet the Author

Carole Mendleson was a curator in the Department of the Ancient Near East for many years until her retirement in 1997.

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