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[227] Dedication of an Altar to Roma by Berytians (130-125 BCE) Delos - Southwestern islands

Delos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), 130-125 BCE
AGRW 227 = IDelos 1779 = PHI 64219 = AGRW ID# 1583
Copenhagen Inventory info: 9


Plaque on the back of an altar in the meeting place of the Berytians (74.5 x 103 x 16 cm; letter height: 1.8 cm; inv. E 108).

The association of Berytian Poseidon-devotees (Poseidoniastai) consisting of merchants (emporoi), shippers (nauklēroi), and warehouse-workers (egdocheis) set up the altar of Roma when Dionysios son of Sosipater was head of the society (archithiasitēs).

Translation by: Harland

τὸ κοινὸν Βηρυτίων | Ποσειδωνιαστῶν | ἐμπόρων καὶ ναυκλή|ρων καὶ ἐγδοχέων· | Ῥώμης· | ἀρχιθιασιτεύοντος | Διονυσίου τοῦ Σωσιπάτρου.

IDelos 1779: Berytians’ Altar of Roma (taken from the southeast).
Photo © Monika Trümper 2012.

IDelos 1779: The text of the inscription.
Photo © Claire Tuan 2012.

Item added: January 22, 2012
Item modified: November 14, 2020
ID number: 1583
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