Photograph of Serope Gurdjian, a sightseeing companion of William Lewis Sachtleben and Thomas Gaskell Allen, in the Kerameikos area of Athens on top of a recently excavated Roman sarcophagus near the Street of Tombs in Athens deciphering the inscription. A bicycle is parked against a mound in front of the tomb and a low stone wall is in visible the background.
Serope Armenag Gurdjian was an Armenian from Turkey who became a naturalized U.S. citizen and earned a college degree from Bowdoin College in 1877. Having been detained in Istanbul in October 1890 on suspicion of participating in a revolutionary committee, he was released based on his U.S. citizenship and then traveled to Athens, where he met and befriended William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen.
Photograph of, L to R, Thomas Allen, Serope Gurdjian, and the two brothers Aristotelis and Konstantinos Rhomaides (photographers specializing in the documentation of archeological sites) on a narrow street in Athens, perhaps near the Rhomaides' atelier (listed in 1907 as "3 Place de la Constitution" which is now Constitution Square, or Syntagma Square).