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Grave of Julia Domnula Involving an Association of the Imperial Household (undated) Ephesos - Ionia


Ephesos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), undated
IEph 4117 = FiE IV.1 17 = PHI 250073  = ID# 9321


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Two slabs of blue marble that fit together (104 x 226 cm); reused. A "great (magnum) association" consisting of slaves and freedpersons of the imperial household is also mentioned in IEph 2200A.

(a) Julia Domnula prepared the memorial from her own resources for herself, . . . for her husband Gaius Julius (?). . . Phoibos, . . . for Gaius (?) . . . Julius Melior, . . . for Gaius Julius (?). . . Phoibianos, living. This memorial does not pass to the heirs.   . . . Julianus (?) . . . and his descendants have a share.  The elders’ council (gerousia) takes care of this memorial.

(b)  The freedpersons and their descendents have a share, apart from the grave (i.e. a share of the burial area but not Domnula’s own grave [?]).  Now if anyone opens my grave to place someone in it, that person will pay a fine of 1000 denarii to the elders’ council  (gerousia)

(c) The . . . Council (boulē) (?) . . . takes care of this memorial and the grave.

(d) The great association (kollēgion = collegium) of those who belong to Caesar (Caesariani; i.e. slaves in the imperial household) take care of this memorial and the grave.

Translation by: Harland



(a) Ἰουλί[α] Δό[νο]υ[λα τὸ μ]ν[η]|μεῖον κατε[σκεύα]σ[εν ἐ]κ [τ]ῶ|ν ἰδίων ἑαυτ[ῇ καὶ Γαΐῳ? Ἰουλ]ί|ῳ Φοίβῳ τῷ [ἀνδρὶ καὶ Γαΐῳ? Ἰο]υ||λίῳ Μελίορ[ι καὶ Γαΐῳ? Ἰο]υ[λίῳ] | Φοιβι[α]νῷ· ζ[ῇ· τοῦτο τὸ μ]νη|μεῖον κλη[ρονόμοι]ς [οὐ]κ [ἀ]|κολουθήσε[ι· καὶ Ἰου]λ[ια]νῷ [μετ]ο||χὴ καὶ τοῖς ἐγ[γό]ν[ο]ις. | τούτου τοῦ μ[ν]ημ[εί]ου [ἡ γε]ρ[ουσ]ία κήδεται.

(b) [κα]ὶ [ἀπ]ελευ[θέ]ροις μετοχὴν καὶ ἐγγόνοις αὐτῶν | ἐκ[τ]ὸς τῆς σοροῦ· ἐὰν δέ τις τὴν σορὸν ἀνοίξει ἐμοῦ | [τ]εθείσης, ἀποτεισέτω τῇ γερουσίᾳ δηνάρια μύρια.

(c) τούτου τοῦ μνη | μείου κ[α]ὶ τῆς [σο]|[ρ]οῦ ἡ [βουλὴ κή]δε|ται.

(d) τούτου τοῦ μνη|μείου καὶ τῆς σο|[ρο]ῦ τὸ κολλήγ[ι]|ον [τ]ὸ [μ]έγα τῶν || [Καισαρι]ανῶν κ[ή]- δεται.

Item added: January 8, 2013
Item modified: December 8, 2015
ID number: 9321
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