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Dedication to Agathe Tyche by Alexander the Founder of the Initiates (200-250 CE) Melos - Southwestern islands


Melos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), ca. 200-250 CE
IG XII,3 1098 = Jaccottet 2003, vol. 2, no. 166 = PHI 76649 = AGRW ID# 23598


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Found in the so called "Hall of the Mystae" or "Hall of the Initiates" at Melos on a column. For the building itself, see the description and illustrations in the building section of this site. Another statue of a hierophant was also found within the building remains (see IG XII,3 1125 on this site). The monument dedicated to Dionysos Trieterikos (i.e. whose festival is celebrated in the third year), which was found in adjacent buildings, suggests the good possibility that those who gathered around the altar were initiates of Dionysos.

May Agathe Tyche (“Good Fortune”) of Melos be kindly to Alexander, the founder of the sacred initiates (mystai).

Translation by: Harland



Ἀγαθὴ | Τύχη Μήλου | εἵλεως Ἀλε|ξάνδρῳ κτίστῃ || εἱερῶν μυστῶν.

Architectural features: Tyche and Ploutos depicted on a column of the Hall.Bosanquet 1898, 60 (figure 1). Public domain.

Architectural features: Tyche and Ploutos depicted on a column of the Hall.
Bosanquet 1898, 60 (figure 1). Public domain.

Item added: March 7, 2016
Item modified: September 9, 2018
ID number: 23598
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