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Grave of Aegillus with Bequest to Purple-dyers (212-300 CE) Hierapolis - Phrygia


Hierapolis (Phrygia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map)
IHierapP 23 = PHI 268788  = ID# 10576

 212-300 CE

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Coffin (sarcophagus) in the northern necropolis (231 x 66 cm; letter height: 4.5 cm).

The grave and the land beneath it belong to Marcus Aurelius Aegillus, Marcus Aurelius Aelianus Aegillus, and Marcus Aurelius Acindunus Drakontios.  His brothers, Aelianus and Acindunus, will be buried in it.  But it is not lawful for anyone else to be buried by someone or to bury someone in it.  Now if anyone opens or takes it, that one will pay back a fine of 400 denarii to the presidency (proedria) of the purple-dyers (porphyrabapheis) or to those who are supervisors (epimelētai) that year.  He left behind a legacy, in order that the recipients might enjoy themselves each year at this tomb of mine using the interest.  The yearly interest is 144 denarii.

Written/translated by: Harland



ἡ σορὸς καὶ ὁ ὑπὸ αὐτὴν τόπος Μ(άρκου) Αὐ(ρηλίου) Αἰγίλλου | καὶ Μάρ(κου) Αὐ(ρηλίου) Αἰλιανοῦ Αἰγίλλου κα[ὶ] Μάρ(κου) Αὐρ(ηλίου) Ἀκινδύνοι {Ἀκινδύνου} | Δρακοντ̣ίου, ἐν ᾗ κηδευθ̣ήσ̣οντε οἱ ἀδελφοὶ | Αἰλιανὸς καὶ Ἀκίνδυνος· ἑτέρ<ῳ> δὲ οὐδενὶ ἐξέ̣στ̣αι || κηδευθῆνε ὑπό τινος ἢ κηδεῦσαι· εἴ τις δὲ | ἀποκορακώσει ἤ τε κληρονομόσῃ τι, συνενεισ|θήσει τῇ προεδρίᾳ τῶν πορφυραβάφων ἢ τοῖς | κατὰ ἔτος ἐπειμεληταῖς προστείμου ⚹ (δην.) υʹ, | ἅτινα κλῆρον κατέλειψα, ἵνα ἐκ τῶν τόκων κατὰ ἔτος οἱ κλη||ρωθέντες εὐφρανθῶσι ἐπὶ τὸ ἡρῷον μου τούτο· | γείνεται δὲ ὁ τόκος κατὰ ἔτος ⚹ (δην.) ρμδʹ.

Item added: February 15, 2013
Item modified: January 31, 2016
ID number: 10576
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