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[297] Honorary Decree by Dionysiac Performers for Dionysios (ca. 269–246 BCE) Ptolemais Hormiou - Fayum region


Ptolemais Hormiou (Fayum region, Egypt — Pleiades map), ca. 269–246 BCE
AGRW 297 = OGIS 50 = RIG 1018 = PHI 218975  = ID# 2939


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Limestone slab with a triangular top (pediment), discovered in 1884, now in the Museum in Gizeh.

The guild of performers (technitai) devoted to Dionysos and to the Brother Gods, and those who share membership in the synod (synodos) resolved that Dionysios son of Musaeos, president (prytanis) for life, be crowned with a wreath of ivy, in accordance with ancestral custom, on account of the good will that he has shown to the city of Ptolemais and to the performers associated with the great Dionysos and the Brother Gods.  Further, it was resolved to announce the crowning to the Dionysiac performers and to inscribe this decree on a monument and to set it up in front of the temple of Dionysos. The treasurer (oikonomos) Sosibios will pay for the cost of the monument.

Translation by: Kloppenborg



ἔδοξεν τοῖς τεχνίταις τοῖς περὶ τὸν | Διόνυσον καὶ θεοὺς Ἀδελφοὺς καὶ τοῖς | τὴν σύνοδον νέμουσιν, στεφανῶσαι | Διονύσιον Μουσαίου πρύτανιν διὰ βίου || κισσοῦ στεφάνωι κατὰ τὰ πάτρια εὐνοίας | ἕνεκα τῆς εἰς τὴν πόλιν τῶν Πτολεμαιέων | καὶ τοὺς τεχνίτας τοὺς [περὶ] τὸν μέγαν | Διόνυσον καὶ θεοὺς Ἀδελφούς. | ἀναγ[ορε]ύσαι δὲ τὸν στέφανον τοῖς || Διονυσίοις καὶ ἀναγραφῆναι [τὸ] | ψήφισ[μα] τόδε εἰς στή[λ]ην [καὶ] ἀναθεῖναι | πρὸ τοῦ νεὼ τοῦ Διονύσου. τὸ δὲ ἀνάλωμα | τὸ εἰς τὴν στήλην δοῦναι τὸν οἰ[κον]όμο[ν] | Σωσίβιον.

Item added: September 12, 2012
Item modified: January 22, 2016
ID number: 2939
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