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Dedication (frag.) to Theos Hypsistos by the “Adopted Brothers” (210-234 CE) Tanais - Bosporan region


Tanais (Bosporan region, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), 210-234 CE
IBosp 1285 = IPontEux II 450 = IGR I 919 = PHI 184027  = ID# 7937


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Slab of marble with a relief of two eagles and a crown above a fragmentary inscription (letter height: 2.5-2.8 cm). Found at Nedvigovka in 1869-70, now in Hermitage (inv. TH 314, TH 329). See the drawing by Stephani below.

For good fortune. Vow to Theos Hypsistos (“Highest god”) during the reign of king Tiberius Julius Rheskouporis, friend of Caesar and friend of the Romans, pious one, by the adopted brothers (eispoiētoi adelphoi) . . . who revere Theos Hypsistos, who set up the monument, inscribing their names alongside Name son of Name the elder (?) . . . Phannes son of Name . . . Herakleides son of Attas, Phoreranos son of . . . Name, Ardinzianos son of Chrysippos, Pharnakes II (?), Psycharion son of Phidanos, Ompsalakos son of Phazinamos, Menios son of Hermes, . . . Athenodoros son of Phazinamos . . .

Translation by: Harland



ἀ̣γαθῆι τύ[χ]ηι. {eagle} {crown} {eagle} | Θ[ε]ῶι Ὑψίστ[ωι] ε[ὐ]χῆι. | βασ[ιλε]ύ̣οντος βασιλ[έ]ως Τ̣[ι]βερίο̣υ̣ | Ἰου̣[λίου Ῥησ]κ̣ο̣υ̣[πόριδο]ς̣, φιλοκαίσα||ρ̣ο̣[ς καὶ φι]λορω[μαίου, εὐσεβ]ο̣ῦς ἰσπ̣[οι]|[ητοὶ ἀδε]λφοὶ σ̣[εβόμενοι Θεὸ]ν̣ Ὕ̣[ψισ]|[τον ἀνέστησαν τὸν τελαμῶνα ἐνγρά]|[ψαντες ἑαυτῶν τὰ ὀνόματα, περὶ] | πρεσβύτερ[ον τὸν δεῖνα τοῦ δεῖνος] || Φάννης Ἀμ[— —]ρ̣άζμο[υ, — — —] | Ἡρακλείδης [Ἄ]ττα Φορή̣ρ̣α̣[νος Εὐίου?], | Ἀρδινζίανος Χ̣ρυσίππου Φαρν̣[άκης βʹ?], | Ψ̣υχαρίων Φ̣ιδάνοι Ὀμψά̣[λακος] | [Φα]ζινάμου̣ Μήνιος Ἑ̣ρ̣μ̣[ῆ, — —] | [Ἀθη]νόδωρος Φαζ̣ι̣ν̣[άμου — — —] | [— — —]ι̣ο̣[— — —].

(fragment AB)

[— — —]α̣ι̣δ̣[— —] vac. | [ἐν τῷ ․․․ʹ ἔτει, μηνὸς Ξαν]δικοῦ ∙ αʹ ∙

IBosp 1285: Drawing by Ludolf Stephani, “Erklärung einiger im südlichen Russland gefundener Kunstwerke,” Compte rendu de la Commission Impériale Archéologique (1874) [1870-1871] 253.
Public domain.

Item added: December 13, 2012
Item modified: November 10, 2015
ID number: 7937
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