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[168] Honors by Initiates of the God Dionysos for Emperor Hadrian (117-138 CE) Ephesos - Ionia

Ephesos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 117-138 CE
AGRW 168 = GRA 130 = IEph 275 = Jaccottet 2003, vol. 2, no. 136 = SEG 26 (1976), no. 1272 = PHI 248718 = AGRW ID# 1309
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1619


Small altar of white marble found in the eastern portion of the Artemision area (40 x 31 x 40 cm; letter height: 1.5 cm).

Emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian Augustus, son of god Trajan–victorious in Parthia–and grandson of god Nerva, greatest high-priest, with tribunician power, three times consul.  The initiates (mystai) before the city (pro poleōs) co-enthroned Hadrian with Dionysos when Claudius Romulus was priest, (10) Claudius Eubios was the revealer of sacred objects (hierophantēs), and Antonius Drosus was supervisor.  Theodotos son of Proklion, initiation–leader (mystagōgos), together with his children, Proklos, hymn–singer (hymnōdos), and Athenodoros, set up this honor from their own resources.

Translation by: Harland

Αὐτοκράτορα Καίσαρα | θεοῦ Τραϊανοῦ Παρθικοῦ | υἱόν, θεοῦ Νέρουα υἱωνόν, | [Τ]ραιανὸν Ἁδριανὸν Σε||[β]αστόν, ἀρχιερέα μέγιστον, δη|[μ]αρχικῆς ἐξουσίας, ὕπατον | τὸ γʹ, οἱ πρὸ πόλεως μύσται σύ[ν]|θρονον τῷ Διονύσῳ, ἱερεύοντ[ος] | Κλ. Ῥωμύλου, ἱεροφαντοῦντος || Κλ. Εὐβίου, ἐπιμελητοῦ Ἀντωνίου | Δρόσου· ἀναθέντος τὴν τειμὴν | ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων Θεοδότου τοῦ Προκλ[ί]|ωνος μυσταγωγοῦ μετὰ τῶν τέκν[ων] | Πρόκλου ὑμνῳδοῦ καὶ Ἀθηνοδώρου.

Item added: December 12, 2011
Item modified: November 6, 2020
ID number: 1309
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