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Honors by Romans, Greeks, Merchants, and Shippers for Aropos (94/93 BCE) Delos - Southwestern islands


Delos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map)
IDelos 1658 = PHI 64097  = ID# 21169

 94/93 BCE

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Flat base of white marble (26 x 82 x 60 cm). Found in 1889 in the portico of Philip. In the Delos Museum in 1937 (inv. Ε 559). These groups may be temporary formations for the purpose of providing honors, rather than ongoing associations with an organizational structure. However, we do know that immigrants (esp. Romans), merchants, and shippers did regularly form more permanent associations on Delos and elsewhere, so this is also a possibility with some of these groups here.

The Athenian, Roman, and other Greek settlers (katoikountes) (?) . . . on Delos . . . and the merchants (emporoi) and shippers (nauklēroi) who sail into the trading-station (emporion) (?) . . . set this up for Aropos son of Glaukos from Piraeus, who was. . . supervisor (?) . . . on Delos, on account of his virtue, righteousness, and piety towards the gods.  This was dedicated to Apollo, Artemis, and Leto.

The excellence and fame of your ancestors was established, Aropos son of Glaukon of Piraeus, by the estimation of numerous Greeks, countless Roman towns, and the renowned People of ancient Erichthonios (i.e. the legendary king of Athens).  For along with continuing regard for others, these ones guard the ordinances, these ones preserve (?) ancestral order.  By Publius (i.e. the poet).

Translation by: Harland



[Ἀθηναίων καὶ Ῥωμαίων καὶ τῶν ἄλλων Ἑλλήνων] | [οἱ κατοικοῦντε]ς ἐν Δήλω[ι καὶ οἱ κ]α̣τ̣α̣π̣[λέοντες ἔμποροι] | [καὶ ναύκληρ]οι vac. Ἄροπον Γλαύκου Πειραιέα, ἐπ̣[ιμελητὴν] | [Δ]ήλου γενόμενον, ἀρετῆς ἕνεκεν καὶ δικαιοσύ[νης καὶ] || τ̣ῆς πρὸς τοὺς θεοὺς εὐσεβε[ί]ας, Ἀπόλλωνι, Ἀρτέμιδι, [Λητοῖ]. | καὶ προγόνων ἀρετᾶς σε καὶ εὔκλεος εἵνεκα δόξας | ἔστασεν Γλαύκου Πειραιέως, Ἄροπε, | Ἑλλάνων πλᾶθός τε καὶ ἄστεα μύρια Ῥώμας | καὶ κλυτὸς ἀρχαίου δᾶμος Ἐριχθονίου. || ὧν μὲν γὰρ βιοτὰν αἰδοῦς μέτα, τῶνδ’ ἐφύλαξας | δόγματα, τῶνδ’ ἐσάους πάτριον εὐνομίαν. | Ποπλίου.

Item added: February 28, 2017
Item modified: February 28, 2017
ID number: 21169
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