Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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[54] Grave of a Society Member with a Relief of a Cart drawn by Donkeys (159/160 CE) Thessalonike - Macedonia

Thessalonike (Macedonia, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), 159/160 CE
AGRW 54 = Nigdelis 2012, no. 27 = NewDocs IV, p. 215 (no. 17) = SEG 60 (2010), no. 665 = PHI 150313 = AGRW ID# 2439
Copenhagen Inventory info: 760


Slab of marble with a decorated triangular top (pediment with acroteria and acanthus leaves in the center), now in the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum (inv. no. Μθ 10771). The relief above the inscription depicts a man on a donkey-driven cart. The inscription seems to involve an association of transport professionals devoted to Heron Aulonites, who protected those who crossed narrow passages.

Crescens. Year 191. The society (synētheia) of Heron Aulonites set this up for Gaius Julius Crescens. The associates of the head of the synagogue (archisynagōgos), Artemon the yoke-maker, and the priest, Tryphon, paid for this from what comes from the common chest as a memorial for him.

Translation by: Ascough and Kloppenborg

Κρήσκης. | ἔτους αϟρʹ σεβαστοῦ | ἡ συνήθια Ἥρωνος | Αὐλωνίτου Γ(αΐῳ) Ἰουλίῳ || Κρήσκεντι οἱ περὶ ἀρχ<ι>|συνάγωγον Ἀρτέμω|να ζυγοποιὸν ἱερῆ | Τρύφωνα τὰ ἐκ τοῦ | γλωσσοκόμου γινό||μενα αὐτῷ μνίας | χάριν.

AGRW 54: Grave with a Relief of a Donkey and Cart
© Richard S. Ascough 2012.

Item added: August 11, 2012
Item modified: September 7, 2020
ID number: 2439
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