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This is a statue and its base depicting the fact that Rome controlled a Balkan people called the "Pirousti."

The figure personifies a Balkan warrior tribe (Pirousti) that was defeated by Tiberius in A.D. 6–8, during the reign of Augustus (r. 27 B.C.–A.D. 14).  She wears a classical dress, cloak, and helmet, and carries a small shield and probably a spear.

The Greek inscription on its base is:

ΕΘΝΟΥΣ
ΠΙΡΟΥΣΤΩΝ

The Greek Inscription reads "Ethnous Pirouston" = "The People of Pirousti."

This statue and base was one among 50 personified places and peoples (ethne) stretching from eastern Africa to western Spain that were under the control of the Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus (r. 27 B.C.–A.D. 14).   They were placed on the second story of the north building of the Sebasteion.  The idea, the list, and the images were borrowed directly from a monument in Rome.

Commentary from a description in the Aphrodisias' Museum.