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[161] Grave of Hermeias with Fines Payable to the Silversmiths (41-54 CE) Ephesos - Ionia

Ephesos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 41-54 CE or later
AGRW 161 = GRA 126 = IEph 2212 = NewDocs IV 1 = PHI 249888 = AGRW ID# 1266


Based on a copy by J. T. Wood. No description available and findspot unknown.

The grave, the area around it, and the underground tomb belong to M. Antonius Hermeias, silversmith (argyrokopos) and temple–keeper (neopoios), and to his wife Claudia Erotis.  No one may be buried in this grave (10) except those written above.  But if anyone dares to bury a body or to erase the inscription, that one will pay 1000 denarii to the silversmiths in Ephesos.  The association (synedrion) of silversmiths takes care of this grave.  Erotis dedicated 500 denarii and the distribution was done on the eighth day of the sixth month.

Translation by: Harland

(column 1) ἡ σορός ἐ<σ>τιν καὶ | ὁ περὶ αὐτὸ τό|πος καὶ τὸ ὑπό|γειον ἡρῷον Μ. || Ἀντωνίου Ἑρμεία | ἀργυροκόπου νεο|ποιοῦ καὶ Κλαυδίας | Ἐ̣ρ̣ωτίου γυναικὸς αὐτοῦ· | (column 2) ἐν ᾗ σορῷ οὐδεὶς || βληθῇ ἢ οἱ προγε|γραμμένοι· εἰ | δέ τις τολμήσει | πτῶμα βάλαι ἢ | γράμμα ἐκκόψαι, || δώσει τοῖς ἐν Ἐφέσῳ | ἀργυροκόποις 𐆖 {denarius symbol} ͵ Α· | ταύτης τῆς σοροῦ κήδετ̣αι τὸ συνέδριον τῶν ἀργυροκόπων καὶ καθιέρωσεν Ἐρώτιν 𐆖 {denarius symbol} πεντακόσ<ι>α· | <ἐ>δόθη δὲ ὁ κλῆρος <μ>ηνὶ <ςʹ> ἡ(μέρᾳ) ηʹ ἱσταμένῃ.

Item added: December 7, 2011
Item modified: December 7, 2015
ID number: 1266
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