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[138] Honors by Bakers for an Asiarch and Highpriest (II-III CE) Thyatira - Lydia

Thyatira (Lydia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), II-III CE
AGRW 138 = GRA 125 = TAM V 966 = IGRR IV 1244 = PHI 264396 = AGRW ID# 724
Copenhagen Inventory info: 396


Base of marble found in a private home in Akhisar. The position of “Asiarch” was taken on by wealthy inhabitants with Roman citizenship in the province of Asia. The precise functions of this position remain unclear, although it is unlikely to be identified with the high-priesthood in the provincial imperial cult, as previously believed.

To good fortune!  The bakers (artokopoi) set this up from their own resources to honor Gaius Julius Julianus Tatianus, who was director of contests, Asiarch, high–priest for life, distributor (triteutēs; i.e. of grain) and director of the market in the same year, and ambassador (10) to the emperors at his own expense, having accomplished very great things for the homeland.  He was son of C. Julius Hippianos and Cornelia Secunda who held high–priesthoods of Asia, grandson of Flavius Moschios the high–priest, descendant of Flavius Hippianos and Flavia Tatia, high–priests like their ancestors.  He adorned the city with his lineage, his deeds, and his love of honor (20) all the time, and was a founder of the city.  Lesbios son of Philotas supervised the erection of the statue and the altar with his son Asklepiades from their own resources.

Translation by: Harland

ἀγαθῆι τύχηι. | οἱ ἀρτοκόποι ἐτείμησαν καὶ | ἀνέθηκαν ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων Γ. | Ἰούλιον Ἰουλιανὸν Τατια||νὸν ἀγωνοθέτην καὶ | ἀσιάρχην καὶ ἀρχιερέα διὰ | βίου, τριτεύσαντα καὶ ἀγορα|νομήσαντα κατὰ τὸ<ν> αὐτὸν ἐνι|αυτὸν καὶ πρεσβεύσαντα πρὸς || τὸν αὐτοκράτορα προῖκα καὶ κα|τορθωσάμενον τὰ μέγιστα τῇ | πατρίδι, υἱὸν Γ. Ἰουλίου Ἰππι|ανοῦ καὶ Κορνηλίας Σεκούν|δης ἀρχιερέων τῆς Ἀσίας, ἔκ||γονον Φλα. Μοσχίου ἀρχιερέως, | ἀπόγονον Φλαβίων Ἱππιανοῦ | καὶ Τατίας ἀρχιερέων ἐκ προ<γ>ό|νων κοσμοῦντα καὶ γένει καὶ | ἔργοις καὶ φιλοτειμίαις ἐν παν||τὶ καιρῷ καὶ οἰκιστὴν τῆς πό|λεως. | ἐπιμεληθέντος τοῦ ἀ<ν>δριάν|τος Λεσβίου Φιλώτου καὶ ἀ|ναστήσαντος τὸν βωμὸν ἐκ τῶν || ἰδίων μετὰ Ἀσκληπι[άδ]ου τοῦ | υἱο<ῦ>.

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