Gerasa (Decapolis, Greater Syria and the East — Pleiades map), 102-114 CE
IGerasa 192 = A.H.M. Jones, “Inscriptions from Jerash,” JRS 18 (1928) 153-156 (no. 14) = AGRW ID# 22959
Titus Flavius Gerrenus son of Flavius Flaccus of Quirina tribe (i.e. a tribe in Rome), the first elected director of contests of the city of the year.
Decree of the sacred synod (synodos) of worldwide . . . performers (technitai), sacred-victors (hieronikai), crowned victors (stephanitai) (?),. . . and fellow-competitors (synagōnistai) . . . gathered around Dionysos and the our lord the emperor (?) . . . Nerva Trajan Caesar Augustus, victorious in Germany and Dacia, . . . patrons of the performers, sacred-victors, crowned victors (?), . . . and those fellow-competitors:
Since Titus Flavius Gerrenus was a remarkable friend of Caesar and friend of the homeland who recognized all legates and proconsuls in connection with his own honor-loving and generous disposition towards everyone. The city of Antioch on the Golden River (i.e. Gerasa) elected him director of contests concerning which the city passed a decree to celebrate a great yearly contest on behalf of our lord and savior the emperor Nero Trajan Caesar Augustus, victorious in Germany and Dacia. He was considered worthy of the purple robe (of the office of contest-director) because of his virtue concerning the contest. Because of his extreme piety towards the household of the Augusti and his display of affection and goodwill towards the homeland, he received the crowns (of the office of contest-director) with all eagerness. He not only excelled his ancestors in love of honor with services (leitourgiai) towards his city, but he also displayed love of honor towards the synod both as individuals and as a group, and he imitated the eagerness of many contest-directors who excelled in the most honor-loving behavior towards us. For he directed the contest in a more skillful way than many others in charge of the office of contest-director, so it seems as though this is not the first time he has been our contest-director but that he has for all time been training expertly in the purple (i.e. the royal way) with respect to accomplishing the contests. For with fairness in his distributions of money, he provided royal feasts many times for the synod as a group and, consistently, he did not neglect any of those who feasted, whether losers or winners, throughout all the contests of the directors of the gymnasium.
It was resolved to set up a statue of him in the theatre–where he first directed the contests–with the customary inscription of the synod, specifying that all the competitors and those in the theatre should bring in the required wreaths for the statue. But let anyone who does not bring in the wreath pay a fine of 25 denarii during the contests to the synod and likewise to the city. It was resolved to report this to the city.Translation by: Harland
Item added: February 21, 2016
Item modified: October 27, 2020
ID number: 22959
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