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by Archaeology Newsroom

Uninterpreted female figures on the rocks of ancient Philippoi

Unusual but also interesting reliefs are carved on the rocks of ancient Philippoi. They can be interpreted as votive reliefs honouring a deity or a cult, in memory of or part of a ritual for deceased persons. However, these rock reliefs are also remarkable for their great number. They date from the end of the second and the beginning of the third century AD and seem to convey a peculiar mixture of local and popular art, unknown in any other part of the then Greek section of the Roman Empire.