Southern Tajikistan, BC. 1- AD. 1 - VOTIVNYY ALTAR WITH THE SCULPTURE IT IS TRIED

Stone (pedestal), bronze (sculpture). 15.8 * 7.2. Miniature altar with sculpture of marital Marsiya of Siren, which plays on the double-barreled flute. On the frontal side of pedestal is the Ancient Greek inscription: "For the vow dedicated to Atrosok, Oks". According to paleographic data the inscription can be dated 2C AD. The formula of inscription as its content, is standard for Greek dedicatory inscriptions; however, as mentioned in it donor bears the Iranian name of Atrosok, which is transferred as "burning by the sacred fire" or "the useful for the deity of fire". Oks is Greek translation of "Baksh", the ancient name of Amu-Dariya and simultaneously - the name of aqueous deity - the spirit of this river. Inscription on the pedestal makes it possible to consider that temple excavated on the fortification of Takhti Sangin was dedicated to the deity of Baksh-oks (or, at least, this deity was worshipped there together with others). 2C BC
Ly.: Lyry~{yz - Pyy{~ 1980, . 129 - 131; _S 73; GRS 3.

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