Courtesy Konstantinos Politis

Sign of the Times. Void of any decoration or religious iconography, the only sign that this tombstone marked a Jewish grave is its plainly inscribed Greek inscription for one Saridas Pitholaou, who is identified as a local archisynagogos, or head of a synagogue. That the tombstone of such a prominent member of the local synagogue was inscribed in Greek and not Aramaic illustrates the degree to which Zoar’s Jewish community had become Hellenized during late antiquity.