Saittai area [Maionia] (Lydia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map)
TAM V 576
= CMRDM I 57
= PHI 264000
= ID# 2128
Slab of white marble with pediment (30 x 28 x 4-5cm; letter height: 1.7). Several inscriptions from Lydia involving the god Men also entail notions of paying a "ransom" (λύτρον) to the god to avert punishment for errors (see CMRDM I 61, 66, 90). If symbolaphoroi is not taken to mean "contributors" (as I have here under the influence of Jones 2008, on which see ILydiaHM 97), then these people may be comparable to "sign-bearers" (semeiaphoroi) in processions who are attested in an inscription from Nisyra, also in the general vicinity of Saittai (see ILydiaM 136 on this site).
Alexandros, Teimotheos, and Glykon, sons of Bollas, and the contributors (synbolaphoroi = symbolaphoroi; or: sign-bearers), who have paid the ransom to the gods, dedicated this to Artemis Anaitis and Men Tiamou.
Written/translated by: Harland
Ἀρτέμιδι Ἀναείτι ǀ καὶ Μηνὶ Τιαμου Ἀǀλέξανδρος, Τειμόǀθεος, Γλύκων τῶν ǀǀ Βολλαδος καὶ οἱ συνǀβ̣ο̣λ̣αφόροι ἐγλυτρωǀ[σάμεν]ο̣ι̣ ἀνέστηǀ[σαν — — —].
Item added: June 21, 2012
Item modified: February 14, 2016
ID number: 2128
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