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[57] Funerary Altar of a Priest of Dionysos (209 CE) Thessalonike - Macedonia

Thessalonike (Macedonia, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), 209/210 CE
AGRW 57 = GRA I 80 = IG X,2.1 506 (and p. 288) = Jaccottet 2003, vol. 2, no. 21 = PHI 137690 = AGRW ID# 2481


Square funerary altar of marble with a decorated triangular top (pediment with acroteria and a rose) and circular incision, probably for the insertion of a receptacle for bones, now in the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum (inv. no. Μθ 1815). This inscription indicates that more than one Dionysiac association existed in Thessalonica in the early third century CE.

Artemin daughter of Markos, the wife of Isidoros son of Isidoros, and Junia daughter of Isidoros set this up for their father Isidoros son of Sabinus, who lived well and was a city councilor and priest of societies (thiasoi) of Dionysos, from his own resources, for his memory and on account of his benevolence. In memory. In the 357th year.

(On the right side) Farewell noble soul!

Translation by: Ascough

(A) Ἀρτέμειν Μάρκου | ἡ γυνὴ καὶ Ἰσίδωρος | Ἰσιδώρου καὶ ∙ Ἰουνία | Ἰσιδώρου Ἰσιδώρῳ || Σαβείνου τῷ πατρὶ | ζήσαντι καλῶς, βου|λεύσαντι ∙ ἱερασαμέ|νῳ θιάσων Διονύσου, | ἐκ τῶν ἐκείνου ἐκεί||νῳ μνείας καὶ εὐνοί|ας χάριν. | ἐν τῷ ∙ ζντ ∙ ἔτει.

(B) χαῖρε | ψυχὴ | καλή.

Item added: August 11, 2012
Item modified: January 19, 2016
ID number: 2481
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