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[226] Dedication of a Statue of Roma by Berytians (130-69 BCE) Delos - Southwestern islands

Delos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), 130-69 BCE
AGRW 226 = IDelos 1778 = OGIS 591 = PHI 64218 = AGRW ID# 1581
Copenhagen Inventory info: 9


Statue base of marble found in a northern room of the Berytians’ building (80 x 25 x 75 cm; letter height: 1.2 cm; inv. E 115).

The association of Berytian Poseidon-devotees (Poseidoniastai) consisting of merchants (emporoi), shippers (nauklēroi), and warehouse-workers (egdocheis) dedicated this to goddess Roma, benefactor, on account of the goodwill which she has in relation to the association and the homeland. This was done when Mnaseas son of Dionysios, benefactor, was head of the society (archithiasitēs) for the second time. Menandros son of Melas, Athenian, made this.

Translation by: Harland

Ῥώμην θεὰν εὐεργέτιν, | τὸ κοινὸν Βηρυτίων Ποσειδωνιαστῶν | ἐμπόρων καὶ ναυκλήρων καὶ ἐγδοχέων, | εὐνοίας ἕνεκεν τῆς εἰς τὸ κοινὸν καὶ τὴν πατρίδα. || ἀρχιθιασιτεύοντος τὸ δεύτερον | Μνασέου τοῦ Διονυσίου εὐεργέτου | [Μένανδρος] Μέλανος Ἀθηναῖος ἐποίει.

Statue of Roma in shrine (cella) 1 of the Berytians’ Meeting-place (IDelos 1778 as base).
Photo © Monika Trümper 2012.

Item added: January 22, 2012
Item modified: November 14, 2020
ID number: 1581
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