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Dedication to Priapos by Fellow-Sailors and Fishermen (I-II CE) Parion - Mysia and the Troad


Parion (Mysia and the Troad, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), I-II CE
IParion 5 = IMT 1028 = IGR I 817 = PHI 288418  = ID# 7112


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The relief depicts the god Priapos (a patron of sailors and fishermen), a dolphin and a fish upon an altar. Now in the Smyrna Museum (inv. 377). Neilaion is either a local place-name or, perhaps, a reference to a sanctuary devoted to the god of the Nile (cf. Dunand 1973, 3.105 n.1). A similar or the same guild is involved in another fragmentary inscription which likely mentions functionaries including chief of the tolls and a look-out (IParion 6).

When … Lucius Flavius was priest of Caesar for the second time, those in charge of the fishing nets (δικτυαρχήσαντε[ς]) and those in charge of tolls in Neilaion dedicated this.  This was done when Publius Avius Lysimachos was chief–contractor; Publius Avius Lysimachos, Publius Avius Pontikos son of Publius, Marcus Apicius Quadratus, Epagathos son of Artemidoros, and Publius Avius Beithys were in charge of fishing–nets; Epagathos son of Artemidoros and Publius Avius Beithys were on the look–out; Secundus son of Avius Lysimachos, and Tybellius … were ship–pilots; (10) Tongilius Kosmos was in charge of loosening corks that hold the nets; Cassius Damasippos was on daily service; Secundus son of Avius Lysimachos was copy–clerk; Asklepides son of Asklepides, Hermaiskos son of Avius Lysimachos, Eutyches son of Avius Beithys, Menandros son of Lucius, Hilaros son of Asklepiades were in charge of the fishing–galley.  These are the fellow–sailors (synnautai).

Translation by: Harland



ἐπὶ ἱερέως Καίσαρος [. . ca.4 . .] Λευκίου Φλαβίου ǀ τὸ δεύτερον, οἱ δικτυαρχήσαντε[ς] καὶ τε[λων]ǀα[ρχ]ήσαντες ἐν τῶι Νε[ι]λαίωι, ἀρχωνοῦντος Ποǀπλίου Ἀουίου Λυσιμάχου, δικ[τ]υαρχούντων Ποπλίου Ἀουίου ǀǀ Λυσιμάχου, Ποπλίου Ἀουίου Ποπλίου υἱοῦ Ποντικοῦ, Μάρǀκου Ἀπικίου Κουαδράτου, Ἐπαγάθου τοῦ Ἀρτεμιδώρου, ǀ Ποπλίου Ἀουίου Βείθυδος, σκοπιαζόντων Ἐπαγάθου ǀ τοῦ Ἀρτεμιδώρου, Ποπλίου Ἀουίου Βείθυδος, κυβερνώνǀτων Σεκο[ύν]δου τοῦ Ἀ[ο]υίου Λυσιμάχου, Τυβελλίου Λ[․․] ǀǀ ΛΑΙΤΟΥ, φελ[λο]χαλαστοῦντος Τονγιλίου Κόσμου, ἐφηǀμερεύοντος Κασσίου Δαμασίππου, ἀντιγραφομέǀνου Σεκο[ύν]δου τοῦ Ἀ<ο>υίου Λυσιμάχου, λεμβαρχ[ούν]ǀων Ἀσκλη[πί]δου τοῦ Ἀσκληπίδου, Ἑρμαίσκου τοῦ Ἀǀουίου Λυσι[μάχ]ου, Εὐτύχου τοῦ Αὐουίου Βείθυδος, ǀǀ Μενάνδ[ρου τοῦ] Λευκίου, Ἱλάρου τοῦ Ἀσκληπιάδου, συνναῦται.

Item added: December 4, 2012
Item modified: December 3, 2015
ID number: 7112
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