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[152] Grave of Glykon with Bequest to Purple-Dyers and Carpet-Weavers (161-250 CE) Hierapolis - Phrygia

Hierapolis (Phrygia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 161-250 CE
AGRW 152 = GRA 116 = IJO II 196 = Miranda 1999, 131-32 (no. 23) = SEG 46 (1996), no. 1656 = AGRW ID# 1188


Limestone coffin (sarcophagus) located on the hillside in an isolated location in the eastern necropolis, near the remains of the Martyrium of St. Philip (approx. 239 x 93 x 135 cm; letter height: 4 cm). The sarcophagus can be found at the beginning point of the main gap between two hills near where the main walkway to the Martyrium of St. Philip (now) ends and the staircase ascending to the martyrium begins.

This grave and the burial ground beneath it together with the base and the surrounding area belong to Publius Aelius Glykon Zeuxianos Aelianus and to Aurelia Amia, daughter of Amianos the son of Seleukos.  In it he will bury himself, his wife, and his children, but no one else is permitted to be buried here.  He left behind 200 denarii as grave–crowning funds to the most holy presidency of the purple–dyers (porphyrabapheis), so that it would produce from the interest enough for each to take a share in the seventh month during the festival of Unleavened Bread.  Likewise he also left behind 150 denarii as grave–crowning funds to the association (synedrion) of carpet–weavers (akairodapistai), so that the revenues from the interest (10) should be distributed, half during the festival of Kalends on the eighth day of the fourth month and half during the festival of Pentecost.  The copy of this inscription was stored in the archives.

Translation by: Harland

[ἡ] σορὸς καὶ τὸ ὑπὸ αὐτὴν θέμα σὺν τῷ βαθρικῷ καὶ τῷ περικειμένῳ τό|πῳ Ποπλίου Αἰλίου Γλύκωνος Ζευξιανοῦ Αἰλια[νοῦ καὶ Αὐ]ρηλίας Ἀμίας | Ἀμιανοῦ τοῦ Σελεύκου· ἐν ᾗ κηδευθήσεται αὐτὸς καὶ ἡ γυνὴ αὐτοῦ | καὶ τὰ τέκνα αὐτῶν, ἑτέρῳ δὲ οὐδενὶ ἐξέσται κηδευθῆναι· κατέλι||ψεν δὲ [κα]ὶ τῇ σεμνοτάτῃ προεδρίᾳ τῶν πορφυραβάφων στεφα|νωτικο[ῦ] 𐆖 {denarius symbol} διακόσια πρὸς τὸ δίδοσθαι ἀπὸ τῶν τόκων ἑκάστῳ τὸ | αἱροῦν μη(νὸς) ζʹ ἐν τῇ ἑορτῇ τῶν ἀζύμων. ὁμοίως κατέλιπεν καὶ τῷ συνε|δρίῳ τῶν ἀκαιροδαπισ<τ>ῶν στεφανωτικοῦ 𐆖 {denarius symbol} ἑκατὸν πεντήκοντα, ἅτι|vac. να καὶ αὐτοὶ δώσουσι ἐκ τοῦ τόκου || διαμερίσαντες τὸ ἥμισυ ἐν τῇ ἑορτῇ τῶν καλανδῶν, | μη(νὸς) δʹ, ηʹ, καὶ τὸ ἥμισυ ἐν τῇ ἑορτῇ τῆς πεντηκοστῆς. | ταύτης τῆς ἐπιγραφῆς τὸ ἀντίγραφον ἀπε<τέ>θη ἐν τοῖς ἀρχείοις.

AGRW 152: Grave of Glykon from Hierapolis (from the front).
© Philip A. Harland 2012.

AGRW 152: Grave of Glykon from Hierapolis (from the side).
© Philip A. Harland 2012.

Glykon grave inscription (close-up).
© Philip A. Harland 2012

Item added: December 4, 2011
Item modified: February 8, 2016
ID number: 1188
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