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Honors by a Merchant Caravan for Nesa (142 CE) Palmyra - Syria and Phoenicia


Palmyra (Syria and Phoenicia, Greater Syria and the East — Pleiades map), 142 CE
IPalmyra 25 = IOriente 91 = CIS 3916 = PHI 314534  = AGRW ID# 9098


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Stone on a column console with a bilingual inscription (Greek and Aramaic) found in the temple of Bel. On the typical caravan routes used by Palmyrene merchants, see the description of IOriente 83.

This is the statue of Nesa, son of Hala, grandson of Nesa, great grandson of Hala, son of Raphael, son of Abisai, chief of the caravan (synodiarchēs).  The merchants (emporoi) who travel down with him from Forat to Vologesias set this up as an honor and thanksgiving in the 453rd year (of the Seleucid era) in the month of Xandikos.

(Palmyrene translation follows).

Translation by: Harland



Νεσῆ Ἀλᾶ τοῦ Νεσῆ τοῦ Ἀλᾶ τοῦ Ῥεφέλου | τοῦ Ἀρισσέου συνοδιάρχην οἱ συναναβάν|τες μετ’ αὐτοῦ ἔμποροι ἀπὸ Φοράθου κὲ || Ὀλογασιάδος, τειμῆς καὶ εὐχαριστείας | ἕνεκεν, ἔτους γνυʹ, μηνὸς Ξανδ[ικοῦ].

Item added: January 3, 2013
Item modified: January 22, 2016
ID number: 9098
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