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Isparta 19062012_2781.jpg
19-Jun-2012 Dick Osseman

Isparta 19062012_2781.jpg

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Votive stele, 3rd century AD, with the representation of a ‘rider god’ .

More ‘rider god’ steles are at the Burdur Museum. Under the Roman Emperor Gordian III (238-244) the god on horseback appears on coins minted at Tlos, in neighboring Lycia, where he was named ‘Kakasbos’ from the early 4th century BC on.
A similar god appears in the Balkans too: there he is conventionally named the ‘Thracian horseman’. It is a recurring motif from the iconography of Paleo-Balkanic mythology during the Hellenistic and Roman era, also known as the ‘Heros Karabazmos’, a god of the underworld usually depicted on funeral statues as a horseman slaying a beast with a spear.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: Wikipedia & “The Lycians in literary and epigraphic sources” (Trevor Bryce).

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