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Sarcophagus from Kato Alonia

August 1, 2013

This beautiful sarcophagus was discovered south of Kouklia near Kato Alonia. The Sanctuary of Aphrodite is located in Kouklia.

Homeric scenes are depicted on each of the four sides of the sarcophagus which has been dated to approximately the first half of the 5th century B.C.

I apologise for the quality of the photos but the sarcophagus is, understandably, kept behind glass and so they are not particularly clear.


1. Full length view of the sarcophagus


2. Odysseus’ escape from the cyclops


3. Depiction of the siege of a city in which it is assumed Heracles is taking part


4. Ajax removing Achilles body from the battle field


5. Fight between a lion and a boar

With such intricate decoration it might be suggested that this sarcophagus was for an important or wealthy individual possibly connected with the Sanctuary of Aphrodite. However, there is insufficient evidence to support any particular conclusion. I hope that you enjoy the photos and I would highly recommend a visit the Palaipafos museum should you ever have the opportunity.


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