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Plancia Magna

pancia_s.jpg (6352 bytes)During excavations at Perge, inscriptions and statues were found of Plancia Magna who added to the beautification of the city by her patronage in the first half of the 2nd century A.D. Three statues and numerous inscriptions have been discovered, and her tomb has been found just outside the 4th century later city gate. Inscriptions have also been found which give information about the family of Plancia Magna. The inscribed bases of statues of M. Plancius Varus and his son G. Plancius Varus were found in the Hellenistic courtyard of the entrance to the city. From the inscriptions it is understood that they were wealthy and influential citizens who held the title ktistes (founder) and had also made benefactions which contributed to the prosperity of Perge. The inscriptions refer to father and son as father and brother of Plancia Magna. The benefactions Plancia Magna made for the city included restoration of the Hellenistic entrance of the city by embellishing the courtyard with marble facing, decorative architectural elements and statuary. She also provided a two-tiered triumphal arch which had three entrances and was decorated with statues. Plancia Magna was honoured by the boule, demos and gerousia of Perge as demiourgos, which is a title denoting the annual eponymous magistrate, a high office reserved for men. She also held the titles of high-priestess of Pergaean Artemis and high-priestess of the Imperial Cult. The statues of this example of one of the most influential, successful and highly respected women of Anatolia are exhibited in the Antalya Museum.

9000 Years of the Anatolian Woman
Istanbul 1993
By the Turkish Ministry of Culture
ISBN 975-17-1186-X