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[13] Regulations Outlining Obligations of Society Members (325-275 BCE) Piraeus - Attica

Piraeus (Attica, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 325-275 BCE
AGRW 13 = GRA I 8 = IG II² 1275 = LSCGSup 126 = PHI 3489 = AGRW ID# 3059


Slab of gray marble with damage at the top, now in the British Museum. This law (nomos) of the society obliges members to provide burial for members and to assist living members financially.

. . . and if a member . . .  of the society members (thiasōtai) . . . and if any of them should die. . . or a son or a . . . or a father or whoever is his closest relative in the society (thiasos), and they shall attend the carrying out of the deceased – both the members and all the friends (philoi). And if a member should be wronged, they and all the friends shall come to his assistance, so that everyone might know that we show piety to the gods and to our friends. To those who do these things, may many blessings come upon them, their descendants and their ancestors. Whenever the society members have ratified this law, let there be nothing to take precedence over it. And if someone should either speak or act in contravention of the law, an accusation against him may be lodged by any of the society members who so wishes.  If he convicts him, let them assess the penalty, whatever seems appropriate to the association (koinon).

Translation by: Kloppenborg

[ - - - ] δέ τις αι | [ - - - ]ναι κατασ|[ - - -]αι̣α τῶν θιασ|[ωτῶν - - - εἰὰν δέ τι]ς αὐτῶν ἀπογίγνητ||[αι, φράσ]ει ἢ ὑὸ[ς ἢ μήτηρ? ἢ π]ατὴρ ἢ ὃς ἂν οἰκειότατ|ος εἶ τοῦ θίασου, τοῦ δ’ ἀπογιγ̣νομένου̣ ἰέναι ἐπ’ ἐ|χφορὰν καὶ αὐτοὺς καὶ τοὺς φίλους ἅπαντας ∶ καὶ ἄ|ν τις ἀδικῆται, β̣οηθεῖν καὶ αὐτοὺς καὶ τοὺς φί|λ̣ους ἅπαντας, ὅπως ἂν πάντες εἰδῶσιν ὅτι καὶ || εἰς τοὺς θεοὺς εὐσ̣εβοῦμεν καὶ εἰς τοὺς φίλους· τα|ῦ̣τα δὲ ποιοῦσιν αὐτοῖς πολλὰ κἀγαθὰ καὶ ἐγγόν|οις καὶ προγόνοις. ἐπειδὰν δὲ κυρώσωσι τὸν νόμ|ον οἱ θιασῶται, μηθὲν εἶναι τοῦ νόμου κυριώτερ|ον· εἰὰν δέ τις παρὰ τὸν νόμον ἢ εἴπει ἢ πράξει, κα|τηγορίαν αὐτοῦ εἶναι τῶι βουλομένωι τῶν θιασωτῶ|ν, καὶ ἂν ἕλει αὐτὸν τιμάτωσαν αὐτὸν καθότι ἂν δο|κεῖ τῶι κοινῶι.

Item added: September 14, 2012
Item modified: December 17, 2014
ID number: 3059
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