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[194] List of Donors for Building Projects Including Judeans (ca. 124 CE) Smyrna - Ionia

Smyrna (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), ca. 124 CE
AGRW 194 = GRA 139 = ISmyrna 697 = PHI 254946 = AGRW ID# 1441


Slab of white marble found at Smyrna (157 x 54 cm; letter height: 1.5–2 cm).

… during Euarestos’ (?) sixth time in overseeing the temple, when he was serving as commander, they promised the following: Claudius Bassos, director of contests of the festival of Nemesis, to pave the basilica; Fuscus to do work worth seventy thousand denarii; Chersiphron the Asiarch to contribute towards the gardens in the palm–grove; Lucius Pompeius to contribute fifty thousand (10) towards the palm–grove; Lucius Vestinus to pave the basilica which is near the Council’s meeting–place and to have the bronze door made; Smaragdos the civic president to have the temple of Tyche built in the palm–grove; Claudianus the civic president to gild the roof of the place of anointing in the elders’ gymnasium and to provide the columns along with the bases and capitals for the thank–offering in the temple; (20) Nymphidia the high–priestess, Claudia Artemulla, Claudia Polla, Claudia daughter of Neiketes, Theudianos the crown–bearer for the second time, Flavia Asklepiake, Isidoros the sophist, Antonia Magna, Claudia Aristion, and Albidia Magna to contribute ten thousand; Claudia Hedeia to contribute ten thousand; Claudia Charis to contribute ten thousand; Claudia Leontion to contribute ten thousand; Claudia Aurelia to contribute fifty–two towards the kymbellitic marble columns along with the bases and capitals in the palm–grove; (30) those formerly from Judea (hoi pote Ioudaioi) to contribute ten thousand; Metrodoros son of Neikanor to contribute seven thousand five hundred towards the palm–grove; and, Murdius Caecilianus to contribute twenty thousand.

Also, because of Antonius Polemon, we were successful in gaining from lord Caesar Hadrian a second senatorial decree in which we have become twice temple–warden, as well as a sacred contest, immunity, theologians (theologoi), hymn–singers (hymnōdoi), 1,500,000 denarii, (40) and columns for the place of anointing, including seventy–two made from Synnadian marble, twenty from Numidian stone, and six from purple stone.  And the sun–room in the gymnasium was supplied by Sextos the high–priest.

Translation by: Harland

[ — — — — — — ]Ρ̣Ι̣Α̣Σ̣ | δὲ τ̣ὸ δ̣ʹ (?), [ἐπὶ τοῦ ἱεροῦ Εὐ]άρεστος τὸ ςʹ, | ἐφ’ οὗ στρατηγοῦντος ὑπέσχοντο | οἵδε· Κλ. Βάσσος ἀγωνοθέτης || Νεμέσεων στρώσειν τὴν βασι|λικήν· Φοῦσκος ἔργον ποιήσειν | μυ(ριάδων) ζʹ· Χερσίφρων ἀσιάρχης τοὺς | κήπους εἰς τὸν φοινεικῶνα· | Λούκιος Πομπήϊος εἰς τὸν φοι||νεικῶνα μυ(ριάδας) εʹ· Λούκιος Βηστεῖνος | τὴν βασιλικὴν στρώσειν τὴν | πρὸς τῷ βουλευτηρίῳ καὶ χαλ|κᾶς τὰς θύρας ποιήσειν· | Σμάραγδος πρύτανις ναὸν Τύχης || κατασκευάσειν ἐν τῷ φοινεικῶ|νι· Κλαυδιανὸς πρύτανις χρυσώ|σειν τὸν ὄροφον τοῦ ἀλιπτηρίου | τῆς γερουσίας καὶ ΟΙ εἰς τὸν χα|ριστήριον νεὼ κείονα σὺν σπει||ροκεφάλῳ· Νυμφιδία ἀρχιέρεια, | Κλ. Ἀρτεμύλλα, Κλ. Πῶλλα, | Κλαυδία Νεικήτου, Θευδιανὸς | στεφανηφόρος (τὸ δεύτερον), Φλ. Ἀσκληπιακή, | Εἰσίδωρος σοφιστής, Ἀντωνία || Μάγνα, Κλ. Ἀρίστιον, Ἀλβιδία | Μάγνα μυ(ριάδα) αʹ· Κλ. Ἡδεῖα μυ(ριάδα) αʹ· Κλ. Χάρις | μυ(ριάδα) αʹ· Κλ. Λεόντιον μυ(ριάδα) αʹ· Κλ. Ἀυρηλία | κείονας Κυμβελλείτας σὺν | σπειροκεφάλοις εἰς τὸν φοινει||κῶνα νβʹ· οἵ ποτε Ἰουδαῖοι μυ(ριάδα) αʹ· | Μητρόδωρος Νεικάνορος <ΔΙΚ̣ΗΝΟΣ> εἰς | τὸν φοινεικῶνα 𐆖 {denarius symbol} ͵Ζφʹ· Μούρδιος | Καικιλιανὸς μυ(ριάδα) βʹ· καὶ ὅσα ἐπετύ|χομεν παρὰ τοῦ κυρίου Καίσαρος || Ἁδριανοῦ διὰ Ἀντωνίου Πολέμω|νος· δεύτερον δόγμα συνκλήτου, | καθ’ ὃ δὶς νεωκόροι γεγόναμεν· | ἀγῶνα̣ ἱ̣ε̣ρόν, ἀτέλειαν, θεολόγους, | ὑ̣μνῳδούς, μυ̣ρι̣άδας ἐκατὸν || πεντήκοντα, κείονας εἰς τὸ | ἀλειπτήριον Συνναδίους οβʹ, | Νουμεδικοὺς κʹ, πορφυρείτας ςʹ· | κατεσκευάσθη δὲ καὶ ἡ ἡλιοκά|μεινος ἐν τῷ γυμνασίῳ ὑπὸ Σέξτου || ἀρχιερέως.

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