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[74] Honorary Decree of a Society (12-15 CE) Kallatis - Scythia and Moesia


Kallatis (Scythia and Moesia, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), 12-15 CE
AGRW 74 = IKallatis 44 = PHI 173612  = ID# 3276


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Slab of marble with a triangular top (pediment), broken into five pieces.

During the kingship of Kotys son of Rhoimetalkas, in the month of Dionysios at the time of the triennial festival, the society members (thiasitai) approved the motion made by Diodoros son of Damatrios: Whereas Ariston son of Ariston, whose father was the benefactor and founder of the city and was zealous toward the society (thiasos), is continually increasing the virtue of his family; and whereas he likewise shows his own commitment to the People, saving them on every occasion and in every danger, being a benefactor to the citizens, promising always to be the cause of something good, presenting himself as well-intentioned toward our society, and increasing the honors for Dionysos; and whereas, although young, he displayed more ambition toward the citizens than those who were chosen earlier as benefactors.  Therefore, in order that the society members might be seen maintaining their goodwill toward him and remembering the sincerity he has toward them, having previously granted to his father the greatest honors of any of those granted to any other benefactor, and having recently proclaimed a crown for him because the People honored him with the same honors as his father, the society members resolved to crown Ariston son of Ariston at every meeting (synodos) and on every day on which they gather, as “benefactor of the People and as zealous toward the society.” Further, they resolved that the crown be given in perpetuity both on account of the benefactions and virtues that he has displayed to the People and on account of the goodwill and zealousness that he has had for the society members. Further, it was resolved that the society members should inscribe this decree on the base of white stone in the month of Lykeos during the festival of the Xenia Dionysia and should set it up in the most prominent place inside the shrine.

Translation by: Ascough



ἐπὶ βασιλέος Κότυος τοῦ Ῥοιμητάλκα, | μηνὸς Διονυσίου ἐν τριετηρίδι· | δοξε τοῖς θιασείταις· Διόδωρος Δαμα|τρίου εἶπε· ἐπειδὴ Ἀρίστων Ἀρίστωνος || πατρὸς ἐὼν εὐεργέτα καὶ κτίστα τᾶς πό|λιος καὶ φιλοτείμου τοῦ θιάσου ἐπαύξων | μὲν οὖν τὰς τοῦ γεννάσαντος ἀρετὰς | δι[α]τελεῖ ὁμοίαν τε ἐπιδείκνυται τὰν | ἰδίαν αἵρεσιν ποτὶ τὸν δᾶμον ἐν παντὶ || καιρῷ καὶ κινδύνῳ σῴζων καὶ εὐεργε|τῶν τοὺς πολείτας καὶ ἐπανγελλό|μενος ἀ[ε]ί τινος ἀγαθοῦ παραίτιος [ἐ]|σεῖσθαι [π]οτί τε τὸν θίασον τὸν | παρ’ ἁμῶν εὔνουν ἑαυτὸν ἐνπαρε||χόμενος καὶ συνεπαύξων τὰς τοῦ | Διονύσου [τει]μάς, καίπερ ὢν παντά|πασιν νέος μεῖζον | νδείκνυται τὸ | ποτὶ τοὺς πολείτας φιλόδοξον πα|ρὰ τοὺς τάχ[ι]ον εὐεργετῆσαι 〚προαι〛|| προαιρηθέντας· ὅπως οὖν καὶ οἱ θιασ|εῖται φαίνωντα[ι] τὰν ποτ’ |αὐτὸν εὔνοιαν δι|ατηροῦντες καὶ ἀπομναμονεύοντες | [τὰν] ποθ’ ἑαυτοὺς γνησιότατα καὶ τάχιον | [δεδωκότες] πράτως τῷ πατρὶ αὐτοῦ τὰς || [μεγίστας] τειμὰς παρὰ τοὺς λοιποὺς | [εὐεργέτας] νῦν πράτως αὐτοῦ ποιησαμέ|νου τὰν ἀναγόρε[υσιν] τοῦ στεφάνου διὰ τὸ αὐ|τὸν τετειμᾶσθα[ι] ὑπὸ τοῦ δάμου ταῖς ἴσ|αις τῷ πατρὶ τειμαῖ[ς· δεδό]χθαι τοῖς θ[ια]σεί||ταις στεφανοῦν κατὰ [πᾶσαν σύν]οδον καὶ | κατὰ πᾶσαν ἁμέραν ἐν αἷς ἀ[θροίζο]νται | Ἀρίστωνα Ἀρίστωνος τὸν εὐεργέτ[α]ν τοῦ | δάμου καὶ φιλότειμον τοῦ θ[ιά]σ[ου], δεδόσ|θαι δὲ τὸν στέφανον εἰς τὸ κα[τ]’ ἀΐδιον εὐ||εργεσίας μὲν καὶ ἀρετᾶς ἕνεκεν τᾶς εἰς | τὸν δᾶμον, εὐνοίας δὲ καὶ φιλοτειμίας | τᾶς εἰς τοὺς θιασείτας· ἐνγράψαι δ[ὲ] | τοὺς θιασείτας τὸ ψάφιζμα τοῦτο εἰς | τελαμῶνα λευκοῦ λίθου ἕως μηνὸς || Λυκήου τῶν ξενικῶν Διονυσίων καὶ | ἀναθέμεν εἰς τὸν ἐπιφανέστατον | τοῦ μυχοῦ τόπον.

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