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Grave (frag.) with Fines Payable to the Porters (undated) Kyzikos - Mysia and the Troad


Kyzikos (Mysia and the Troad, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), undated
IMT 1584 = J.H. Mordtmann, "Zur Epigraphik von Kyzikos," MDAI(A) (1881) 121–131, at 125-126 (no. 8) = PHI 288864  = AGRW ID# 11087


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Coffin (sarcophagus) with two inscriptions (indicating reuse, despite the warning against this in the earlier inscription). The text of the later Christian inscription (V-VI CE) – positioned over the porters' inscription – is not presented here but can be seen in Mordtmann's facsimile below.

Memorial . . . (two and a half lines missing) . . . Now if anyone dares to put another body in it (?) . . .  or to scratch out the inscription or to alter it. . ., that person will pay 2500 denarii to the sacred sanhedrin (synedrion) of . . . porters (sakkophoroi) who are from (?) . . . the measuring house and the same amount . . . to the city (polis) (?) . . .  and that person will be be subject to the law regarding tomb-violation  (?).

Translation by: Harland



[ὑπό]μνημα | [— — — ] | [— — — ] | [— — εἰ δέ τις τολμήσει ἕτερον καταθέσ]||θαι ἢ ἐκκόψαι ἢ μετ̣ε̣[νεγκεῖν — — δώσ]|ει τῷ ἱερῷ συνεδρίῳ τῶ[ν σακκοφόρων τῶν ἀπὸ τ]|οῦ μετρητοῦ (δην.) ͵βφʹ κα[ὶ — — τῇ πόλει τ]|ὸ ἴσον κα[ὶ] ὑπ[εύ]θ[υνος ἔσται τῷ τῆς τυμβωρυχίας νόμῳ].

IMT 1584: Facsimile by Mordtmann 1881, 125.
Public domain.

Item added: February 24, 2013
Item modified: December 3, 2015
ID number: 11087
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