Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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Honors by Berytians for Demokles (153-88 BCE) Delos - Southwestern islands


Delos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), 153-88 BCE
IDelos 1780 = PHI 64220  = ID# 5983


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Large block of white marble found in the building of the Berytians (70 x 61 x 56 cm; inv. Ε 111). The names of the institutions and groups that honored Demokles appear inside reliefs of crowns.

(A: Eastern face)

. . . The association (koinon) of Berytian (?) . . .  merchants (emporoi), shippers (nauklēroi), and warehousemen (egdocheis) honored Demokles son of Demophon, the benefactor, on account of his goodwill and love of honor.

(crown)  The Athenian People.  (crown)  The association.  (crown)  The Athenian People.

(crown)  The association.  (crown)  The association.  (crown) The association.

This was done when Apollodoros son of Apollophanes, the benefactor, was priest.

(B: Northern face)

(three crowns in one)  The association.

(C: Southern face)

(six crowns in three)  The association.

Translation by: Harland



(Eastern face) [τὸ κοινὸν Βηρυτίων ἐμ]πόρων | καὶ ναυκλή[ρων καὶ] ἐγδοχέων | Δημοκλῆν Δημοφῶντος τὸν | εὐεργέτην εὐνοίας ἕνεκεν καὶ || φιλοτιμίας.

(crown) ὁ δῆμος ὁ Ἀθηναίων. | (crown) τὸ κοινόν. | (crown) ὁ δ[ῆμος] ||

ὁ Ἀ[θηναίων]. | (crown) τὸ κοινόν. | (crown) τὸ κοινόν. | (crown) τὸ κοινόν. | ἐπὶ ἱερέως Ἀπολ[λοδώρου τοῦ Ἀπολ]λοφάνου εὐε[ργέτου].

(Northern face) {3 crowns, in one:} τὸ κοινόν.

(Southern face) {6 crowns, in three:} τὸ κοινόν.

Item added: November 12, 2012
Item modified: April 18, 2018
ID number: 5983
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2 Comments

  • Rebecca Runesson says:
    April 17, 2018 / Reply

    Hi,
    I was wondering if the ‘(crown)’ reference here is meant to indicate that there were images of crowns in those places. If so, are there any images of this inscription available anywhere?
    best,
    Rebecca

    • Phil Harland says:
      April 18, 2018 / Reply

      Hello Rebecca. It looks like there is no photograph available in the first publication or in IDelos, but I will continue to look. In the mean time, it seems clear from the description in IDelos that the names of each of the groups or institutions involved appear within an individual crown. So I have added that clarification to the description as well. Thanks!

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