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[30] Regulations of a Dionysiac Society (ca. 150 BCE) Physkeis - Lokris

Physkeis (Lokris, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), mid-II CE
AGRW 30 = GRA I 61 = IG IX,1² 670 = LSCG 181 = PHI 43568  = ID# 2265


Slab of limestone, broken at the bottom. In this mixed group devoted to Dionysos, the male members are designated “cowherds” and the female “maenads.” On obol was 1/6th of a drachma.

For good fortune! The law of the society (thiasos) of Amandos that has been ratified by two meetings (synodoi). The members of the society (thiasōtai) shall contribute fourteen obols, not fewer, to the association. The association (koinon) contributes three lamps. No maenad may attack or abuse another maenad. Likewise, no cowherd (boukolos) may attack or abuse another cowherd. If someone should do so, they shall pay to the association a fine of four drachmas for each utterance. One who is in town and does not attend the meeting shall pay the same fine. Whoever does not gather on the mountain owes five drachmas to the association. If on the holy night the maenad does not bring . . . fifteen, she will owe a fine of five drachmas to the association. Likewise if a cowherd does not bring . . .

Translation by: Kloppenborg

ἀγαθῇ τύχῃ. νόμ|ος θιάσου Ἀμάνδου | [κατὰ συνό]δ̣ους δύω κατα|[τετ]έ̣λ̣εσται· τοὺσς <θιασώτας> τῷ κοιν||[ῷ] δ̣α̣πανᾶν δέκα τέσσαρας | [ὀβολ]ο̣ὺ̣ς κὲ μὴ ἔλασον {ἔλασσον}· τὸ κοινὸ[ν] | [παρ]έχεσθαι λύχνους τρῖς· με|νάδα μαινάδι μὴ ἐπεγερθῆνε | μηδὲ λοιδορῆσε· ὁσαύτως || μήτε βουκόλον ἐπεγερθῆνα[ι] | μήτε λοιδορῆσε· ἐὰν δέ τις, | δώσι τῷ κοινῷ καθ’ ἓν ῥῆμα | προστίμου δ(ρ.) δʹ· τὸν δὲ κατὰ | σύνοδον μὴ συνελθόντα || ἐπειδημοῦντα ὁμοίως· | [ὁ δὲ] κεἰς ὄρος μὴ συνελθὼν | [ἀποτ]ίσι τῷ κοινῷ δ(ρ.) εʹ· μενὰς | [ἐὰν μὴ] ἐνένκῃ τῇ εἱερᾷ νυκτ| ․ ․ ․ . ․ ․Τ̣ΡΙΑΣΙΕ, ἀποτίσι || [τῷ κοινῷ] δ̣(ρ.) εʹ· {ὁμοίως} δὲ κὲ | [βουκόλος] ἐὰν μὴ ἐν̣[ένκῃ] | [ — — — ]Α̣Ν̣Γ̣Ι̣Π̣[— — — ] | [ — — — ]

Item added: August 6, 2012
Item modified: August 23, 2018
ID number: 2265
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  • Andrew Smith says:
    November 29, 2016 / Reply

    Hi. The Greek text for this one (ID# 2265) says that the date is 2nd century CE and I think that’s right – in fact I’ve just noticed that the category at the bottom says 2nd century CE as well.

    • Richard says:
      December 1, 2016 / Reply

      Thanks for catching this, Andrew. It was incorrect on the website. The GRA and AGRW entries both have it as “mid-second century CE”

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