To good fortune! In the year that Titus Flavius Konon was civic leader (archōn) and the priest of the consul Drusus, on the 18th of the month of Mounouchion, it seemed good to Marcus Aemelius Eucharistos of Paiania, the head of the contribution-society (archeranistēs) of the synod (synodos) of Herakles-devotees (Herakliastai) in the Marshes, to approve the following regulations:
If someone in the synod should cause a fight, on the following day let him pay a fine. The one who initiated the fight should pay 10 drachmas and whoever joined in should pay 5 drachmas. After his fellow contributing-members (eranistai) have taken a vote to expel him, let him pay the fine without fail.
Concerning the endowment that has been deposited by the head of the contribution-society and whatever other endowment has been collected, let no one in any way whatsoever touch it, beyond the interest that accrues. The treasurer shall not expend more than 300 drachmas from the interest. If he should lay hold of more or take from the endowment, or more of the interest, he shall pay a fine of three times what was taken. Likewise, if a former treasurer has been proved to have put money away for himself, let him be fined three times the amount taken.
Concerning the priesthoods: If someone should agree to purchase one, let him make the payment immediately to the head of the contribution-society in the following year and let him receive a receipt from the head of the contribution-society. In accordance with custom, let him receive a double portion, except for the wine. Those who contract for the pork and the wine who do not hand them over during the year that they are providing the dinners shall be fined a double portion.
Those who contract to supply provisions must present acceptable sureties to the treasurer and the head of the contribution-society. They shall appoint three able-bodied night watchmen. If any of them should refuse, then let them be selected by lot and whoever is chosen shall accept. If he should not accept or if he does not want to be a night watchman after having been chosen, he shall pay a fine of 100 drachmas. It is necessary to appoint from the synod ten collectors (praktores). If they do not wish to be collectors, let ten be chosen by lot from the general membership. Likewise, when the treasurer provides an accounting, after a meeting has been called, they shall appoint three auditors and the auditors shall swear by Herakles, Demeter, and Kore.
They shall choose by lot two men every day to be in charge of the meat. Likewise, two men in charge of the rolls. If anyone who is entrusted with this task is found to have done something sordid, he shall be fined 20 drachmas. Let the head of the contribution-society choose three people – whoever he wants – from the synod to assist him in paying out the endowment. But let all of them give…x measures (choinixes) of fine wheat flour, by the public measure. Each year the treasurer shall take care that a sacrifice to the god is performed consisting of a boar weighing 20 minas.
If a member of the contribution-society (eranos) wishes to initiate his child . . . , let him provide 16.5 minas of pork. If someone wants to enter himself, let him provide 33 minas of pork. Let the account be closed when the auditors, having taken an oath, return the accounts to the head of the contribution-society, and indicate whether the treasurer owes anything. Firewood should be supplied by the treasurer each year. The dues must be brought to the treasurer so that loans can be made. Whoever does not pay shall be fined a double amount. Whoever does not pay at all shall be expelled from the contribution-society (exeranos). It shall not be lawful to touch the firewood in the grove. Everyone is to wear a wreath in honor of the god.Written/translated by: Kloppenborg
Item added: September 14, 2012
Item modified: February 19, 2016
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