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Grave Epigram (frag.) of Chreste Mentioning Mysteries (early III CE) Bizye - Thrace


Bizye (Thrace, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map)
IGBulg 1862 = SEG 33 (1983), no. 563 = PHI 169969  = ID# 13946

 early III CE

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Slab of marble (144 x 63 x 22 cm). This fragmentary grave epigram for Chreste refers to participation in mysteries (mystopolis), to the goddess Semele, to satyrs, and, perhaps, to a sacred society (thiasos).

Too fragmentary to translate.

Translation by: Harland



[– ⏕ – ⏕ – τεῦξ]εν τύμβον, παρο|[δεῖτα, | – ⏕ –] μ̣ελίθρους μυστιπό|[λος ⏑ ⏑ – | Χρή]σ̣τῃ τῇ χρηστῇ, τὴν μύρα|[το ⏑ – θα]ν̣οῦσαν ∙ | ἣν τίεν ὡς Σεμέλην || [Βάκχος] ὁ̣ λυσίπονος ∙ | τὴν κτέρισεν συνό|[μευνο]ς ἐπηετανοῖς κτερέεσσιν ∙ | μεῖ|[νε τέλ]ο̣ς βιότου τοῦτο γέρας νέκυος ∙ | σῆ|[μα τε σ]ώμ<α>τι τοῦτο καὶ αὐτῷ κα̣ὶ̣ σ̣υ̣ν̣ο̣μ̣εύ|[νῳ] | θήκατο Σωσύβιος κ[– ⏕ – ⏕] || [–]ς ∙ | μύρονται Χρήστ[ην ⏕ – βάκ]|[χαι Σ]άτυροί τε ∙ | τὴν ἱερ̣[οῦ θιάσου μει]|λιχίην πρόπολ̣[ον].

Item added: July 1, 2013
Item modified: July 1, 2013
ID number: 13946
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