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Honors by Bacchists for Ladamos the Royal Official and Family (II BCE) Thera - Southwestern islands


Thera (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), II BCE
OGIS 735 = PHI 76842  = ID# 16177


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Slab of white marble found in 1902 near the church of St. Stephen in the entrance of the city, where it had been inserted in a wall during the Middle Ages (89.5 x 32.7 x 10 cm; letter height: 0.6-1 cm). The honoree, Ladamos, was a royal, Ptolemaic official from Egypt. The devotees of Bacchos, or Dionysos, offered Ladamos, his wife and children honorary membership in the society.

To good fortune.  . . . It was resolved by the (?) . . . devotees of Bacchos (Bakchistai) in the regular assembly (synodos):  Since Ladamos son of Dionysophanes, Alexandrian, belonging among those at the court of the successors (of Alexander), who has been stationed over Thera by the kings, being well-disposed towards the devotees  of Bacchos and demonstrating many great things, has put effort into important matters both on previous occasions–with great consequence–(10) and in current circumstances.  Being dispatched by the kings and posted over the city and us and following in every way the policies of the kings and his noble character in his relations with us and all the others, he continues to go around demonstrating his love of humanity, neglecting nothing on any occasion in terms of effort and love of honor.  Therefore, in order that the association may also show (20) those who lead all the best kinds of honors, it was resolved that Ladamos son of Dionysophanes, his wife, and his descendants are members of the society (thiasitai), and that they share (?) the rights possessed by other members of the society. . .  (remaining lines to fragmentary to translate).

Translation by: Harland



ἀγαθῆι τύχηι· [ἔδοξε τῶι κοινῶι τῶν] | Βακχιστῶν ἐν [νομαίαι συνόδωι· ἐπειδὴ] | Λάδαμος Διονυσ[οφάνου Ἀλεξανδρεὺς] | τῶν περὶ αὐλὴν δια[δόχων, ὁ τεταγμέ]||νος ὑπὸ τῶν βασιλέω[ν ἐπὶ Θήρας], | εὔνους ὑπάρχων τοῖς Βα[κχισταῖς] | πολλὰς καὶ μεγάλας ἀποδ[είξεις πε]|ποίηται τῆς εἰς τὰ πράγματ[α ὁρμῆς] | ἔν τε τοῖς πρότερον χρόνοις πο[λλῶι τε] || μᾶλλον ἐν τοῖς νῦν περιστᾶσι και[ροῖς], | ἐξαποσταλείς τε ὑπὸ τῶν βασιλ[έων] | καὶ ταγεὶς ἐπί τε τῆς πόλεως καὶ ἡμῶ[ν] | καθ’ ἅπαντα τρόπον κατακολουθῶν τῆι τῶ[ν] | βασιλέων προ[α]ιρέσει καὶ τῆι αὑτοῦ καλο||κἀγαθίαι πρό[ς τ]ε ἡμᾶ[ς] καὶ τοὺς ἄλλους | ἅπαντας π[ε]ρ[ιφ]ε[ρ]όμενος διατελεῖ | φιλανθρώπως, σπουδῆς καὶ φιλοτιμίας | ἐν οὐθενὶ καιρῶι παραλείπων οὐθέν· | ὅπως οὖν καὶ τὸ κοινὸν φαίνται τοὺς προ||εστηκότας ἀπὸ παντὸς τοῦ βελτίστ[ου] | τιμ[ῶ]ν, δεδόχθαι Λάδαμον Διονυσοφά[νου] | καὶ αὐτὸν καὶ γυναῖκα καὶ ἐνγόνου[ς] | εἶναι θιασίτας, καὶ μετουσίαν αὐ[τοῖς] | [ὧ]νπ[ερ κ]αὶ τοῖς ἄλλοις θιασίτ[αις μέτε]||στιν· ἐπάγειν δὲ [αὐτ]οῦ κα[ὶ ․․․․․․․․․․] | ․․․․ων ἐν τῆι συνόδωι [— — —] | ․․ περὶ τῶν βασιλέ[ων — — — πεντετη]|[ρί]δι καὶ τριετηρί[δι — — —] | [․․ν], ὁμοίως καὶ [— — —] || [ὑ]πὲρ δὲ των [— — —] | βασιλε[— — —] | αὐλ[η — — —]

Item added: February 5, 2015
Item modified: December 7, 2015
ID number: 16177
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