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[307] List of Donors to the Renovation of a Synagogue Building (56 CE) Berenike - Cyrenaica

Berenike (Cyrenaica, Egypt — Pleiades map), 56 CE
AGRW 307 = SEG 17 (1960), no. 823 = IBerenike 16 = CJZC 72 = PHI 324429 = AGRW ID# 2003
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1137


Marble panel with a moulding on the left and right, found reused in ancient walls but likely destroyed in World War II. Most of the donors are designated by their role as leader (archon), with one designated as a priest. Two of the donors of 5 drachmas are women.

(column 1) In the second year of emperor Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus, on the sixth of the month of Choiach. It seemed good to the synagogue of the Judeans in Berenike that they should inscribe on a monument of Parian stone the names of those who contributed towards the restoration of the synagogue (synagōgē):

Zenion son of Zoilos, leader (archōn): 10 drachmas; Eisidoros son of Doseitheos, leader: 10 drachmas; Doseitheos son of Ammonion, leader: 10 drachmas; Pratis son of Ionathas, leader: 10 drachmas; Karnedas son of Cornelius, leader: 10 drachmas; Herakleides son of Herakleides, leader: 10 drachmas; Thaliarchos son of Dositheos, leader: 10 drachmas; Sosibios son of Iason, leader: 10 drachmas; Pratomedes son of Sokrates, leader: 10 drachmas; Antigonos son of Straton, leader: 10 drachmas; Kartisthenes son of Archias, priest (hiereus): 10 drachmas; Lysanias son of Lysanias: 25 drachmas; Zenodoros son of Theuphilos: 28 drachmas; Marion son of . . . Name: 25 drachmas . . . (column 2) Alexandros son of Euphranor: 5 drachmas; Eisidora daughter of Serapion: 5 drachmas; Zosime daughter of Terpolios: 5 drachmas; Polon son of Dositheos: 5 drachmas.

Translation by: Harland

(ἔτους) βʹ Νέρωνος Κλαυδίου Καίσαρος Δρούσου | Γερμανικοῦ Αὐτοκράτορος, Χοιάχι εʹ, | ἐφάνη τῇ συναγωγῇ τῶν ἐν Βερνεικίδι | Ἰουδαίων τοὺς ἐπιδιδόντες {sic} εἰς ἐπισκευ||ὴν τῆς συναγωγῆς ἀναγράψαι εἰστή̣|λην {εἰς στήλην} λίθου Παρίου· | Ζηνίων Ζωΐλου ἄρχων (δραχμὰς) ιʹ | Εἰσίδωρος Δωσειθέου ἄρχων (δραχμὰς) ιʹ | Δωσείθεος Ἀμμωνίου ἄρχων (δραχμὰς) ιʹ || Πρᾶτις Ἰωνάθα ἄρχων (δραχμὰς) ιʹ | Καρνήδας Κορνηλίου ἄρχων (δραχμὰς) ιʹ | Ἡρακλείδης Ἡρακλίδου ἄρχων (δραχμὰς) ιʹ | Θαλίαρχος Δωσιθέου ἄρχων (δραχμὰς) ιʹ | Σωσίβιος Ἰάσονος ἄρχων (δραχμὰς) ιʹ || Πρατομήδης Σωκράτου ἄρχων (δραχμὰς) ιʹ | Ἀντίγον<ο>ς Στράτωνος ἄρχων (δραχμὰς) ιʹ | Καρτισθένης Ἀρχία ἱερεὺς (δραχμὰς) ιʹ| Λυσανίας Λυσανία (δραχμὰς) κεʹ | Ζηνόδωρος Θευφίλου (δραχμὰς) κηʹ || Μαρίω[ν . . . . . ]ο̣υ̣ς̣ (δραχμὰς) κεʹ | — — — | Ἀλέξανδρος | Εὐφράνορος (δραχμὰς) εʹ | Εἰσιδώρα || Σεραπίωνος (δραχμὰς) εʹ | Ζωσίμη Τερ|πωλίω (δραχμὰς) εʹ | Πόλων | Δωσιθέου (δραχμὰς) εʹ

Item added: June 19, 2012
Item modified: May 31, 2021
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