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Dedication (frag.) to the God Tanais (?) by a Society (200-50 BCE) Tanais - Bosporan region


Tanais (Bosporan region, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map)
Ivantchik 2008, 96-100 (no. 2) = SEG 58 (2008), no. 783  = ID# 9018

 200-50 BCE

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Two fragments of a slab of yellow limestone (21.8 x 12.8 x 9.1 cm; letter height: 1.0-1.8 cm). This fragmentary inscription from the late Hellenistic era is among the earliest attestations of associations at Tanais, also known as Emporion (where the river Tanais met the Maeotian lake). The inscription provides a list of society members, with six names legible -- two of them otherwise unattested Iranian names (Sphanos and Sauros). Ivantchik argues that the reference to Tanais in the dative in line 6 involves a dedication to a god named Tanais, and he also argues that the same river god is mentioned in IBosp 1259. The river-god Tanais is discussed briefly by Iamblichus as cited by Photius (Bibliotheca Cod. 94; cited in Ustinova 1999, 149-150).

Too fragmentary to translate.

 

Written/translated by: Harland



[— — —] | vac. Δ[— — ἑλλη]| vac. νάρ̣χ̣[— — —] | Ἀπολλώ[νιος — —] | Δημήτρ̣ι̣[ος — — — καὶ οἱ λοιποὶ] || θιασῖται [— — —] | Τανάεϊ χρ̣[— — —] | Σφανος Πι[— — —] | Σαυρου Πο[— — —] | vac. Η[— — —] | Ἀρτεμιδ̣[ωρος τοῦ δεῖνος — — —] | Ἑστιαῖος [ τοῦ δεῖνος — — —] | Λ . . . . ΝΥ[— — —] | [— — —].

Item added: January 2, 2013
Item modified: February 27, 2016
ID number: 9018
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