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[298] Honorary Decree and Membership List of Dionysiac Performers (269–246 BCE) Ptolemais Hermiou - Upper Egypt

Ptolemais Hermiou (Upper Egypt, Egypt — Pleiades map), 269–246 BCE
AGRW 298 = GRA III 243 = OGIS 51 = RIG 1017 = PHI 218976 = AGRW ID# 2966
Copenhagen Inventory info: 115


White limestone slab with a triangular top (pediment), discovered in a house in Menshieh (Ptolemais), now in the Museum in Gizeh.

The performers associated with Dionysos and the Brother gods resolved: Since Lysimachos son of Ptolemaios of the Sostratic deme, the cavalry commander and president (prytanis) for life has first of all displayed good will – and even now in many ways continues to do so – to the king and to the king’s parent, and conducts himself in a pious and holy manner to towards Dionysos and the other gods.  Since he had also dealt with the performers in a generous fashion (philanthrōpōs) and assisted each member individually and everyone collectively with zeal, giving himself intensely to the growth of the theatrical profession; and since it is good to honor such distinguished men as these with the appropriate honors, the association (koinon) of the performers devoted to Dionysos, whose names are subscribed, resolved to crown Lysimachos with an ivy wreath in accordance with ancestral custom on the eleventh of the month of Peritios at the Dionysia festival, on account of the excellence and piety that he has shown to King Ptolemaios and to Dionysos and the good will he has towards the king and his parents and to the association of the performers.  For good fortune!  They shall also set up a carved image of him in the vestibule of the civic president’s building (prytaneion).  And the secretary of the association, Demarchos, shall inscribe this decree on a plaque and set it up in front of the temple of Dionysos. Sosibios the treasurer (oikonomos) shall pay the expenses for these things.

(column 1) Zopyros, who is in charge of the sacred rites for the trienniel and annual festivals and his brothers, Dionysios and Taurinos.  Tragic poets: Phainippos and Diognetos; comic poets: Stratagos and Mousaios;  epic poets: Demarchos, Theogenes, Artemidoros; singers with a lyre: Menippos; lyre player: Herakleitos; dancer: Ptolemaios; . . . (column 2) tragic actor: Metrodoros; comics actors: Telemachos, Agathodoros, Apollonios, Asklepodoros son of Apollonios, Apollonios, Diodoros; tragic fellow-competitors: Apollonides, Archonos, Kleitos, Ptolemaios, Zopyros; chorus director: Name(s); . . . (column 3) tragic flute player: Thraikides; trumpet player: Thrasymachos; makers of masks and stage-props: Baton; guests: Demetrios, Phaidimos, Artemidoros, Spoudias, Dionysios; friends of the performers (i.e. honorary members; philotechnitai): Demetrios, Stephanos, Leon, Artemidoros, Demetrios, Aristonous.

Translation by: Kloppenborg

ἔδοξεν τεχνίταις τοῖς περὶ τὸν Διόνυσον καὶ | θεοὺς Ἀδελφούς· v ἐπειδὴ Λυσίμαχος Πτολεμαίου | Σωστρατεύς, ὁ ἱππάρχης καὶ π̣ρ̣ύ̣τανις διὰ βίου, τήν τε̣ | εἰς τὸν βασιλέα καὶ τοὺς τούτου γονεῖς εὔνοιαν || καὶ πρότερον μέν, ἔτι καὶ νῦν δὲ διὰ πλειόνων ἀπο|δέδεικται, καὶ πρὸς τὸν Διόνυσον καὶ τοὺς ἄλλους | θεοὺς εὐσεβῶς καὶ ὁσίως διακείμενος τυγχάνει, | τοῖς τε τεχνίταις φιλανθρώπως ἅπαντα χρῆται, | καὶ κατ’ ἰδίαν ἑκάστου καὶ κατὰ κοινὸν πάντων ἀντι||λαμβάνεται προθύμως καὶ ἐκτενῶς ἑαυτὸν συν|επιδιδοὺς εἰς τὸ συναύξεσθαι τὸ τεχνίτευμα, | καλῶς δ’ ἔχει τοὺς τοιούτους τῶν ἀνδρῶν ἐπι|σημαινομένους τιμᾶν ταῖς πρεπούσαις τιμαῖς, | δεδόχθαι τῶι κοινῶι τῶν περὶ τὸν Διόνυσον τεχνιτῶν̣ || ὧν καὶ τὰ ὀνόματα ὑπογέγραπται, στεφανῶσαι | Λυσίμαχον κιττοῦ στ<ε>φάνωι κατὰ τὰ πάτρια | τῇ ιαʹ τοῦ Περιτίου μηνὸς τοῖς Διονυσίοις ἀρετῆς | ἕνεκα καὶ εὐσεβείας τῆς εἴς τε βασιλέα Πτολεμαῖον | καὶ τὸν Διόνυσον καὶ τοὺς ἄλλους θεοὺς καὶ εὐνοίας || τῆς εἰς τὸν βασιλέα καὶ τοὺς τούτου γονεῖς καὶ τῆ[ς] | εἰς τοὺς τεχνίτας, τύχηι τῆι ἀγαθῆι. ἀναθεῖναι δ’ αὐτ[οῦ] | καὶ εἰκόνα γραπτὴν ἐν τῇ προστάδι τοῦ πρυτανείο̣υ̣. | ἀναγράψαι δὲ καὶ τὸν γραμματέα τοῦ κοινοῦ | Δήμαρχον τὸ ψήφισμα τόδε εἰς στήλην καὶ ἀναθεῖναι || πρὸ τοῦ νεὼ τοῦ Διονύσου· τὸ δ’ εἰς ταῦτ’ ἀνάλωμα | δοῦναι τὸν οἰκονόμον Σωσίβιον.| (column 1, line 27) Ζώπυρος ὁ πρὸς τοῖς ἱεροῖς τῆς τριετηρίδος καὶ | ἀμφιετηρίδος καὶ τούτου ἀδελφοί· | Διονύσιος, || Ταυρῖνος. | τραγῳδιῶν ποιηταί· | Φαίνιππος, | Διόγνητος. | κωμωιδιῶν ποιηταί· || Στράταγος, | Μουσαῖος. | ἐπῶν ποιηταί· | Δήμαρχος, | Θεογένης, || Ἀρτεμίδωρος. | κιθαρωιδός· | Μένιππος. | κιθαριστής· | Ἡράκλειτος. || ὀρχηστής· | Πτολεμα̣[ῖος]. | - - - (column 2, line 47) τραγῳδός· | Μητρόδωρος. | κωμωιδοί· || Τελέμαχος, | Ἀγαθόδωρος, | Ἀπολ[λώνιο]ς, | Ἀσκληπιό[δ]ωρος Ἀπολλωνίου, | Ἀπο[λλ]ώνιος, || Διόδωρος. | συναγωνισταὶ τραγικοί· | Ἀπολλωνίδης Ἄρχωνος, | Κλεῖτος, | [Π]τολεμαῖος, || [Ζώ]πυρος {[Σά]τ̣υρος Wilhem} | [χορ]ο̣διδ[ά]σκ[αλος]· | - - - (column 3, line 62) αὐλητὴς τραγικό̣[ς]· | Θραικίδης. | σαλπικτής {σαλπιγκτής}· || Θρασύμαχος. | σκευοποιός· Βάτων. | πρόξενοι· | Δημήτριος, | Φαίδιμος, || Ἀρτεμ[ίδωρος], | Σπουδί[αιος], | Διονύσιο[ς]. | φιλοτεχνῖται· | Δημήτριος, || Στέφανος, | Λέων, | Ἀρτεμίδωρος, | Δημήτριος, | Ἀριστόνους, || - - -

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