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[176] Grave of Alkmeionis Mentioning Devotees of the God Bacchos (ca. 200 BCE) Miletos - Ionia

Miletos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), ca. 200 BCE
AGRW 176 = Jaccottet 2003, vol. 2, no. 149 = SEG 17 (1960), no. 503 = PHI 252546 = AGRW ID# 1327


Poetic grave inscription.

Say “farewell holy priestess,” female bacchants (bakchai) of the city. This is appropriate for a good woman. She led you to the mountain, and carried all ritual implements and sacred objects, proceeding before the city.  Now if some stranger inquires about her name, she is Alkmeionis, daughter of Rhodios, who knew her share of blessings.

Translation by: Harland

τὴν ὁσίην χαίρειμ πολιήτιδες εἴπατε βάκχαι ǀ ἱρείην, χρηστῇ τοῦτο γυναικὶ θέμις, ǀ ὑμᾶς κεἰς ὄρος ἦγε καὶ ὄργια πάντα καὶ ἱρὰ ǀ ἤνεικεμ πάσης ἐρχομένη πρὸ πόλεως. ǀǀ τοὔνομα δ’ εἴ τις ξεῖνος ἀνείρεται· Ἀλκμει̣ωνὶς ǀ ἡ Ῥοδίου, καλῶμ μοῖραν ἐπισταμένη.

SEG 17:503: Grave of Alkmeionis from Miletos. Helen McClees, A Study of Women in Attic Inscriptions (New York: Columbia University Press, 1920), following p. 51. Public domain.

Item added: December 12, 2011
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