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Regulations of a Dionysiac Cult Involving Societies (276/275 BCE) Miletos - Ionia


Miletos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 276/275 BCE
Jaccottet 2003, vol. 2, no. 150 = LSAM 48 = IMilet 8 = Theodor Wiegend, "Sechster vorläufiger Bericht über die von den Königlichen Museen in Milet und Didyma unternommenen Ausgrabungen," Abhandlungen der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, philosophisch-historische Classe (1908) 1–46 (Anhang section), at 22-25 = PHI 252112  = ID# 10187


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Block broken in two pieces which formed part of a building (23.6 x 82 x 56 cm // 27 x 82.5 cm). The inscription begins at line 12 (the first 11 lines are lost).

whenever the priestess (hiereia) accomplishes the sacred rites (orgia) on behalf of the city, no one is allowed to deposit (or: throw in) the raw sacrificial meat (ōmophagion) before the priestess has deposited (or: thrown in) the raw sacrificial meat on behalf of the city.  No one is allowed to gather the society (thiasos) before that of the People (dēmos).

Translation by: Harland



ὅταν δὲ ἡ ἱέρεια ἐπι̣[τελέσ]η̣ι τὰ ἱερὰ ὑπὲρ τῆς πόλ[εω]ς̣ ǀ [ὄργια] μὴ ἐξεῖναι ὠμοφάγιον ἐμβαλεῖν μηθενὶ πρότερον ǀ [ἢ ἡ ἱέ]ρεια ὑπὲρ τῆς πόλεως ἐμβάληι. μὴ ἐξεῖναι δὲ μηδὲ ǀ [συν]α̣γαγεῖν τὸν θίασον μηθενὶ πρότερον τοῦ δημοσίου·

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Item modified: December 8, 2015
ID number: 10187
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