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Dedication to Poseidon by a Society of Shippers (173-211 CE) Gorgippia - Bosporan region


Gorgippia (Bosporan region, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map)
AGRW 84 = GRA 93 = IBosp 1134 = PHI 183870  = ID# 1750

 173-211 CE

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Six fragments of a slab of white marble (85 x 5 cm; letter height: 1.7 cm). Purchased in Anapa, now in Hermitage St. Petersburg. Moirodoros son of Neokles (who was governor of Gorgippia) is probably the same man who set up a statue of his father, Neokles (see IBosp 1119, lines 5-6, which have been corrected to read: [Μοι]|ρόδωρος Νεοκλέο[υς ὁ ἐπὶ τῆς Γορ]|γιππείας). See below for a picture of this statue of Neokles (now in the Puschkin State Museum of Fine-Arts in Moscow).

… To good fortune!  During the reign of king Tiberius Julius Sauromates (?)…, friend of Caesar and friend of the Romans, pious one … in the xth year in the month (?) … of Daisios, the society (thiasos) of shippers (nauklēroi) dedicated this to the god Poseidon during the time of king Sauromates, descendant of the great king Rhoimetalkes.  They also made the statues and built the temple, raising it up from the foundations, for which purpose also the king honoured the god and the society with funds worth one thousand artabas (Persian measures; or: with exemption from taxes on 1000 measures of imported or exported grain).  (10) The society–members are gathered around the priest, Athenodoros son of Seleukos, foremost in the kingdom; the synagogue–leader (synagōgos), Moirodoros son of Neokles, who is also the governor of Gorgippia; the manager (phrontistas), Kossous Attas son of Kossous; and, Pharnakes son of Noumenios, administrator of sacred affairs (hierōn oikonomos).

The society–members are: Pantaleon son of Pharnakos, commander (stratēgos); Moirodoros son of … Atamazos (?)…, commander; Chrestion son of Papas, Makarios son of … Athenodoros (?) …; Name… administrator of the taxes (oikonomos enkykliōn); Gaganos …, administrator of the taxes; Aspourgos … administrator of the taxes; … (at least 33 other members without any clear designation of roles are listed in the fragmentary lines that follow).

Translation by: Harland



(fragments A–E)

[ἀγαθῇ τύχῃ]. | [βασιλεύοντος βασιλέως Τιβερίου Ἰουλ]ί̣ου Σα[υ]|[ρομάτου φιλοκαίσαρος καὶ φιλορωμαίου], εὐσε|[βοῦς — vac. (?) ἔτους ․․․ʹ, μην]ὸ̣ς Δαισίου. θεῷ Πο||σ̣ε̣ι̣δ̣ῶ̣ν̣ο̣ς̣ [ἐπὶ] β̣[α]σ̣ι̣λέως Σαυρομάτου, υἱοῦ μεγά|λου βασιλέως Ῥοιμητάλκου, θέασος ναυκλήρων, | οἱ καὶ ποιήσαντες τὰ ἀγάλματα καὶ τὸν ναὸν ἐκ | θεμελίων ἀναστήσαντες, εἰς ἃ καὶ̣ [ἐ]τείμησεν ὁ βα|σιλεὺς τὸν θεὸν καὶ τὴν θέασον [ἐξ]αγώγιον ἀρτα||βῶν χειλίων. θεασεῖται περὶ ἱερέ[α] Ἀθηνόδωρον | Σελεύκου πρῶτον ἐπὶ τῆς βα[σ]ι̣λείας καὶ συναγω|γὸν Μοιρόδωρον Νεοκλέους̣ ὁ̣ ἐπὶ τῆς Γοργιπείας | καὶ φροντιστὰς Κοσσοῦν Ἄττα Κ̣οσσοῦ καὶ Φαρνάκην Νου|μηνίου ἱερῶν οἰκονόμος. θ̣ε̣[α]σ̣εῖται· Πανταλέων || Φαρνάκου στρατηγόν, Μο̣ι̣ρ̣όδω[ρος Ἀταμ]ά̣ζου στρα̣τ̣[ηγός], | Χρηστίων Πάπα, Μακ̣άριος Ἀθη[νοδώρου (?) — — — — — —] | ἐνκυκλίων οἰκο[νόμ]ος, Γάγανο̣[ς — — — — — — — — ἐν]|κυκλίων οἰκο̣[νόμο]ς, Ἀσποῦργ̣[ος — — — — — ἐνκυκλίων] | οἰκονόμο̣[ς — —]ς Ἀθηνοδώ[ρου, — — — — — — —, Χρη]||στίων̣ [— — — —, Ἔ]ρως Νουμην[ίου — — — — — — —]|νος, [— — — — Δ]υ̣νάτωνος, Ζαζ[ζοῦς — — — — — — —], | Πό̣[θος — — — — —], Ἀθηνόδωρος Νε̣[οκλέους, Σαρμά]τ̣ας | [— — — — — — — — — —]ς Πανταλέοντο[ς], Κ̣οθίνας Ἄττα, | [— — — — — — — Π]όθος Ἄττα, Σπαρτοκίων <Ἀ>γαθοῦ, || [— — — — — — —]ο̣ς̣, Μυρίσκος Χρήστ̣ου, Νεόκας Ἀθη|[νοδώρου (?) — — —]ος Ἑρμοδώρου{ου}, Εὔμαχος Γλυκαρί–|[ωνος — — — — —] Νουμηνίου, Σαρμάτας Κοδόρα, Μυ|[ρίσκος (?) — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —]

(fragment F)

[— —]σ̣(?)Υ̣ΒΛΕ[— — — — — — — — —] | [— — Νο]υ̣μηνίου, Ο̣[— — — — — — —] | [— — Δυν]ά̣τ̣ωνος, Ἐπ[— — — — — — ] | [— — Ἔ]ρ̣ωτος, Ἀ̣ρ̣[ι]σ̣τ̣[ίων (?) — — — —] || [— —]ορικος βʹ, Νουμήνιο̣[ς — — — — —] | [— — Π]άνυχος Πόθου, Βάγη<ς> [— — —] | [Φαρν]α̣κίωνος Νουμηνίου, [— — — —] | [— —] Ἀ̣θηνοδώρου Γαΐου. vac.

IBosp 1116: Statue of Niokles set up by his son, Moirodoros.
Photo by Shakko (Creative Commons).

Item added: March 2, 2012
Item modified: October 28, 2015
ID number: 1750
Short link address:
http://www.philipharland.com/greco-roman-associations/?p=1750

2 Comments

  • Jane Hjarl Petersen says:
    June 21, 2013 / Reply

    Hi. Is there any possibility of getting a permission to reproduce the photo of the Neokles statue in a paper for the journal HEROM?
    Best,
    Jane Hjarl Petersen.

    • Phil Harland says:
      June 21, 2013 / Reply

      Hello Jane,

      Yes, as you’ll notice this is a creative commons photo, which can be reproduced on condition of mentioning the photographer: Shakko. I can no longer find the original that I used (seems to have disappeared from the net), but the license would continue so it is free to use. So you’d need to use the version here (and there would not be a higher resolution one).

      Phil

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