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Grave of Apollodotos with Fines Payable to Water-mill Workers (250-300 CE) Hierapolis - Phrygia


Hierapolis (Phrygia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 250-300 CE
Tullia Ritti, Klaus Grewe, and Paul Kessener, "A Relief of a Water-powered Stone Saw Mill on a Sarcophagus at Hierapolis and its Implications," JRA 20 (2007) 139–161, at 143-146 (new reading) = IHierapP 7 = BE (1971), no. 643 = PHI 268772 = AGRW ID# 10574


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Coffin (sarcophagus) with a broken lid in the northern necropolis.

The grave and the area (?) . . . belong to Marcus Aurelius Apollodotos Kalliklianos.  Apollodotos will be buried in it and his wife, Aurelia Tertia, their children, and their relative by marriage (i.e. son-in-law or brother-in-law), Aurelius Tatianos, will be buried in it.  But it is not lawful for any other person to bury or be buried in it, unless Apollodotos decides to allow it.  But the one who does anything against this will pay a fine of 500 denarii to the most sacred treasury and 300 denarii to the guild (syntechnia) of water-mill workers (hydraletoi).  A copy of this inscription was put into the archives.

Translation by: Harland



[ἡ σορὸς καὶ ὁ τό]πος Μαρ. Αὐρ. Ἀπολλοδότου Καλλικλια(νοῦ), | ἐν ᾗ κηδευθήσεται ὁ Ἀπολλόδοτος· κηδευθήσεται | δὲ ἡ γυνὴ αὐτοῦ Αὐρ(ηλία) Τερτία καὶ τὰ τέκνα αὐτῶν | καὶ ὁ γαμβρὸς αὐτῶν Αὐρ. Τατιανός· ἑτέρῳ δὲ οὐκ ἐ||ξέσται κηδεῦσεν ἢ κηδεθῆναι {κηδευθῆναι}, ἐκτὸς εἰ ὁ Ἀπολλόδο|τος βουληθῇ. ὁ δὲ [ὑπ]εναντίον ποιήσας ἀποτείσει | τῷ ἱερωτάτῳ ταμίῳ ⚹ (δην.) φʹ καὶ τῇ συντεχνίᾳ τῶν ὑδρα|λέτων ⚹ (δην.) τʹ. ταύτης τῆς ἐπιγραφῆς τὸ ἀντίγραφον ἀπε|τέθη ἰς τὰ ἀρχεῖα.

Item added: February 16, 2013
Item modified: December 4, 2015
ID number: 10574
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