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Ὁ οἶκος τοῦ τριηράρχου Ἀρχεδήμου καὶ ὁ δῆμος τῶν Αὐριδῶν: παρατηρήσεις σὲ ἕνα νέο ἀττικὸ ἐπιτύμβιο μνημεῖο


In 2007, a very tall funerary stele with a palmette and two rosettes in relief was discovered near the cemetery of Schistos, within the confines of the modern municipality of Perama. The inscribed stele was published in the Archaiologikon Deltion of 2009 by Mrs. Petritaki, who did not put forward any prosopographical identifications. Upon restoring the demotic of the two deceased as [Α]ὐρίδης, I tentatively submit that the stele commemorated two members of an Athenian propertied family of the 4th cent. B.C. and that the first deceased, Archedemos son of Archippos of Auridai, should be identified as the trierarch Archedemos of IG II2 1609. Besides I suggest, very hesitantly, that the new stele can be used to place the tiny deme of Auridai, whose location has been hitherto unknown, in the area of Perama, across Salamis. My tentative identification tallies well with the extant scholarly consensus that Auridai belonged to the coastal trittys of the tribe Hippothontis and receives further corroboration from the etymological connection of the deme’s name with the noun αὔρα (sea breeze).

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