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[216] Honors by Attabokaian Initiates for Heras the Priest (150-200 CE) Pessinous - Galatia

Pessinous (Galatia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 150-200 CE
AGRW 216 = IPessinous 17 = OGIS 540 = CCCA I 59 = PHI 267445 = AGRW ID# 1536


Slab of marble found in the Armenian cemetary in Sivrihisar (120 x 57 x 20 cm).

Tiberius Claudius Heras, son of … Name, of the Quirina tribe, tenth after the high–priest, fifth priest of the Galatians for life of the great Mother of the gods who is in Pessinous and Meidaion, six times high–priest of the Augusti (Sebastoi) for the Assembly of the Augustan Galatians, (10) director of contests, revealer of the Augusti (sebastophantēs) in the temple which is in Pessinous, having been the first priest to do so, head of the gymnasium, giving gifts freely, prefect of the Iturean cohort, and twice tribune of two legions, namely the twelfth Fulminata and the third Cyrenaica. He has been honoured by the Augusti (Sebastoi) with a pure spear and a crown for being first on the defensive wall of the enemy camp (corona vallaris).  (20) The Attabokaians who are initiates (mystai) in the mysteries of the goddess honoured him …

Translation by: Harland

[— — —]ΙΙ ǀ [Τιβέριον Κλαύδιον — —]ΙΡΟΥ υἱǀ[ὸν] Κ̣υρείνα Ἡρᾶν, δέκατον μετὰ ǀ τ̣ὸν ἀρχιερέα, πέμπτον δὲ Γαǀǀλατῶν διὰ βίου ἱερέα Μητρὸς ǀ θεῶν μεγάλης ἐν Πεσǀσιννοῦντι καὶ <Μ>ειδαείῳ, τῶν ǀ τε Σεβαστῶν ἑξάκις ἀρχιερέǀα τοῦ κοινοῦ Σεβαστηνῶν Γαǀǀλατῶν καὶ ἀγωνοθέτην, σεβασǀτοφάντην τοῦ ναοῦ τοῦ ἐν Πεσǀσινοῦντι ἱερασάμενον πρῶτον̣, ǀ γυμνασιαρχήσαντα καὶ ἐπιδ[ό]ǀσεις δόντα, ἔπαρχον σπείρης ǀǀ Ἰτουραίων, δὶς χειλίαρχον λεγ[ε]ǀώνων δύο, δωδεκάτης Κεραυν[ο]ǀφόρου καὶ τρίτης Κυρηναϊκῆς, ὑπ̣[ὸ] ǀ τῶν Σεβαστῶν τετειμημέν[ον] ǀ δόρατι καθαρῷ καὶ στεφάνῳ τε[ι]ǀǀχικῷ, Ἀτταβοκαοὶ οἱ τῶν τῆς ǀ θεοῦ μυστηρίων μύστα̣[ι ἐτει]ǀμησαν τὸ̣ν̣ [— — —] .

Item added: January 12, 2012
Item modified: January 22, 2016
ID number: 1536
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