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Petition (frag.) of the Dionysiac Performers to Antoninus Pius with Rescript (150 CE) Smyrna - Ionia


Smyrna (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 150 CE
ISmyrna 598 = Wynne Williams, "Two Imperial Pronouncements Reclassified," ZPE 22 (1976) 235–245 = IGR IV 1430 = PHI 254987  = ID# 10487


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Twelve fragments of a broken slab of white marble, most now in the Rijksmuseum, Leiden. This fragmentary petition to the emperor by the theatrical-stage (thymelic) synod of performers (mentioned in lines 9, 18, 30, 38) makes mention of sacrifices to Breseus (i.e. Dionysos Breseus; line 15); it includes the rescript by the emperor in Latin.

Too fragmentary to translate.

Translation by: Harland



[— — — ἐκγεγ]ραμμέν[ον] κ̣αὶ ἀ<ντ>ιβεβλημ̣[ένον] | [— — — ἐν τῷ] ἐ̣ν τῷ Παλατ̣[ί]ῳ ἱερῷ Ἀπόλλων[ος] | [— — —]γεγραμμένα. v τῶ̣[— — —] | [— — — Αὐτοκράτορι Καίσαρι Τίτῳ Αἰλίῳ Ἁδριανῷ Ἀντω]ν̣είνῳ Σεβαστῷ Εὐ||[σεβεῖ — — — π]ρ̣εσβευσάμενο[ι] | [— — — ὑπ]ὲ̣ρ τῶν ἐν | [Σμύρνῃ τεχνειτῶν? — — —]ποιων ἀγα̣|[θ— — —]ΝΤΑΝΑΙΙΚΑΕΡΓ̣[— — —] | [— — —]․․․ τ̣ε̣χ̣ν̣ε̣[ι]||[τ— — —] | {an undetermined number of lines is missing.} | [— — —]ΛΕΣ[․3-4․] | [— — —]ΔΑ[․6-7․․]ν̣ πρέποντ̣[α] | [— — —]τικὴν̣ [․4-5․]σ̣ίαν ἐνκεχειρισθ̣[— — —] | [— — —] π̣ερὶ θυ[σία]ς̣· || [— — —? τ]ῇ δωδ[ε]κάτῃ θυσία Βρεισεῖ | [— — —]α̣ ὑπὲρ ὑγείας τοῦ αὐτοκράτορος | [— — —]μ̣ονης τῆς πόλεως ἡμῶν· ἧς ἱε|[ρ— — —] καὶ ἐπίτευξις τοῖς τεχνείταις | [— — —] μετέχοντας̣ καὶ συνελθόντας || [μεταλα]μβάνειν τῶν τ̣ε[— — —] κ̣αὶ τοῦ κρατῆρος, προνοουμένου | [τῆς εὐκ]οσμίας καὶ ἐν το[ύτῳ? ․․․c.10․․․ κατὰ τ]ὸ ἐψηφ[ισμένον Σε]ρουειλίου. | [— — —] vac. ἄλλο κεφάλα[ιον ἐκ τοῦ νόμου?] διοικητικ[οῦ·] | [στεφαν]ώσεις γεινέσθωσα[ν ․․c.7․․ καὶ κατακ]λίσεις ταῖς γ[ενεθλίο]ι̣ς τῶν Σεβαστῶν ἐνιαυσί|[αις] ε̣ʹ ἡ̣μέραις ἐπάνανκε[ς ․․․․c.13․․․․․ Π]αναθηναίοις καὶ τ̣α̣ῖ̣ς ὑπὸ τῆς πόλεως ἐψη||φισμέναις δημοτελέσιν̣ [ἑορταῖς καὶ ταῖς] αὖθίς ποτε ψηφισθησομέναις ἐκ τῶν δη|μοσίω[ν καὶ] κ̣ο̣ι̣νῶν προσό̣[δων ․․․c.9․․․,] ἐ̣ὰν ἐξαρκῶσιν, ὑπὸ ἐπιμελείας τοῦ ταμίου | καὶ τῶν [․․․․․․․․c.20․․․․․․․․ προνοουμ]ένου καὶ ἐν τούτῳ Σερουειλίου τοῦ λαμπαδάρ|χου ἢ ὃν̣ [ἂν οἱ τεχνεῖται εἰς λαμπαδαρχείαν?] καταστήσωσιν μεταστάντος τοῦ βίου. | κεφάλα[ιον ἐκ τῆς ὑπὸ τοῦ κυρίου Καίσαρος Ἁδρια?]νοῦ γραφείσ[η]ς̣ ἐ̣[πιστολῆς τῇ ἱερᾷ θυμε]||λικῇ συνόδῳ τῶν τεχνει[τῶν τῇ ἐν Σμύρνῃ?] ἄλ]λο μέρος· v[․․․c.10․․․ ὅστις ἂν εἴπῃ ἢ ἐπι?]|ψηφίσηται λαμβάνειν τινά[․․․․․․․․c.20․․․․․․․․]ειν[— — — τῶν] | [ἤ]δ̣η δεδογμένων καὶ γεγ[ραμμένων ․․․c.10․․․]αγει[— — —] | [․․]․ΑΣ ἐκπέμπεσθαι v3 ․[․․․․․․c.17․․․․․․․ τῶ]ν ἐπι[στολῶν τῶν πρὸς — — —] | [․c.4․]․ΗΛΕΙΣ· v2 ἐξ ὧν ἐπ[ιστολῶν ․․․c.10․․․ τ]οῦ ψηφ[ίσματος — — —] || [․c.5․] τ̣ὰ πρότερον δεδογμέν̣[α ․․․․․c.14․․․․․]Ν̣ΕΣΤ[— — —] | [․c.6․․]․․ δόξαντα συμφέρειν τοῖς ἱ̣ε̣[ρ— — —] | [․c.6․․ το]ῦ ἀνθυπάτου ἐντυχόντο[ς — — —] | [τῆς προγεγρ]α̣μμένης συνόδου τῶν [τεχνειτῶν — — —] | [․․․․c.12․․․․]․ ἐψηφισμένα κύρι[α — — —] || [․․․․c.12․․․․ qu]is ea temptet, it agit non[— — —] | [․․․․c.13․․․․․ τοῦ ἀ]ν̣θυπάτου πρὸς τὴν αὐτὴν σ̣[ύνοδον — — —] | [․․․․c.13․․․․․ τοῦ ἀρχι]τέκτονος ὑπὲρ τοῦ τηρε[ῖν? — — —] | [․․․․c.12․․․․ τῶν προγεγρα]μμένων τεχνειτῶν [— — —] | [․․․․․․․․․․c.24․․․․․․․․․․]․․ΛΟΣ ἐπιθεὶς ἀτοπ[— — —] ||[M(arco) Gavio Squilla Gallicano, Sex(to) Car]minio Vetere co[(n)ss(ulibus) — — —] | [imp(erator) Caesar T(itus) Aelius Hadrianus An]toninus Aug[ustus Pius — — —] | [— — —]ṿit e decre[to? — — —] | [— — —]․․∙̣ GA[— — —]

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