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Honors by Roman Settlers and the Leather-worker Street for Granianus (ca. 160 CE) Apameia Kelainai - Phrygia


Apameia Kelainai (Phrygia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map)
IGR IV 790 = IPhrygR 294 = PHI 272496  = ID# 6002

 ca. 160 CE

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Occupational associations in Phrygia and other nearby regions could, at times, join with the civic institutions in honoring a benefactor, as happens here at Apameia. William Ramsay outlines (see IPhrygR 294) the family tree and proposes likely dates as follows: T. Claudius Mithridates (in IPhrygR 293, born ca. 80 CE), T. Claudius Piso Mithridatianos (born ca. 105 CE), T. Claudius Granianus (born ca. 130 CE). The reference to holding the gymnasiarchate "during the agoraia" likely pertains to Apameia's inclusion on the assize-circuit (see Pliny, Natural History 5.95-126) and, therefore, periodical location for the Roman proconsul's court days (see Strabo, Geography 13.4.12; Josephus, Antiquities 14.244-246; Acts 19:38).

The Council, the People and the Roman settlers honored Tiberius Claudius Granianus son of Claudius Piso Mithridatianos of the Quirinian tribe (i.e. voting tribe at the city of Rome), who served as head of the gymnasium during the time of the provincial imperial court session (i.e. the assize) from his own resources for the homeland without using any of the People’s resources.  The artisans (technitai) from Leather-workers (likely: Shoemakers) Street (plateia) set up the monument from their own resources.

The Council . . . and the People and the Roman settlers honored (?) . . . Tiberius Claudius Piso Mithridatianos son of Tiberius Claudius Mithridates of the Quirina tribe (i.e. a voting tribe at the city of Rome), priest for life of Zeus Kelaineus (“of Kelainai”), who served as head of the youths (ephebes), served as head of the gymnasium, served as market-overseer during the time of the provincial imperial court session (i.e. the assize), undertook the position of head of the gymnasium on behalf of his son Claudius Granianus using 11500 (μυρίων πεντακοσίων χειλίων) denarii from his own resources without using any of the People’s resources.  The artisans (technitai) from Leather-workers (likely: Shoemakers) Street (plateia) set up the monument from their own resources.  Papias Deidas son of Aidouchos, Tyrannos Mytas, Lucius Munatius Anthus, and Tryphon Diogas were supervising (i.e. supervising either the association or the erection of the statue).

Written/translated by: Harland



ἡ βουλὴ κ[αὶ ὁ δῆμος καὶ] | [οἱ] κατοικοῦ[ντες Ῥωμαῖ]|οι ἐτείμησα[ν Τ]ιβέριον | Κλαύδιον Τιβερίου Κλαυ||δίου Πείσωνος Μιθρι|δατιανοῦ ὑὸν Κυρείνα | Γρανιανόν, γυμνασιαρ|χοῦντα δι’ ἀγοραίας ἐκ | τῶν ἰδίων τῇ γλυκυτά||τῃ πατρίδι, δίχα τοῦ πό|ρου τοῦ ἐκ τοῦ δημοσίου | διδομένου, vv τὴν ἀνάσ|τασιν ποιησαμένων | ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων τῶν ἐν τῇ || Σκυτικῇ Πλατείᾳ τεχνει|τῶν.

ἡ βουλὴ κ[αὶ ὁ δῆμος καὶ οἱ] | [κατοικοῦντες Ῥωμαῖοι ἐτείμησαν] | Τι. Κλα̣ύδιον Τι. Κλαυδίου [Μιθρι]|δάτου ὑὸν Κυρείνα Πείσωνα || Μιθριδατιανόν, ἱερέα διὰ βίου | Διὸς Κελαινέως, ἐφηβαρχήσαντα | καὶ γυμνασιαρχήσαντα καὶ ἀγορα|νομήσαντα διὰ ἀγοραίας καὶ ὑπεσ|χημένον ὑπὲρ τοῦ υἱοῦ Κλαυδίου || Γρανιανοῦ γυμνασιαρχίαν δι’ ἄγο|ραίας ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων, δίχα πόρου τοῦ | διδομένου ἐκ τοῦ δημοσίου, δηνα|ρίων μυρίων πεντακ∙(οσίων) χειλίων, | τὴν ἀνάστασιν ποιησαμένων || ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων τῶν ἐν τῇ Σκυτικῇ | Πλατείᾳ τεχνειτῶν. | ἐπιμεληθέντων Παπίου Δείδα τοῦ Αἰδούχου καὶ Τυράννου Μύτα | καὶ Λουκίου Μουνατίου Ἄνθου καὶ Τρύφωνος Διογᾶ.

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