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[58] Bequest of a Priestess of Dionysos (III CE) Thessalonike - Macedonia

Thessalonike (Macedonia, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), III CE
AGRW 58 = GRA I 81 = IG X,2.1 260 = PHI 137442 = AGRW ID# 2501


Altar of marble inscribed on three sides, with the top hollowed out to act as a receptacle, now in the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum (inv. no. Μθ 1767).

(C: left side panel) The initiates (mystai), small and large, are each to bear a crown of roses (i.e. during the Rose festival). The one who does not shall not share in my gift. But if the holm oak bearers (prinophoroi) do not do this, then the bequest belongs to the society (thiasos) of the oak branch bearers (dryophoroi), subject to the same conditions. But if the other society does not do this, then the bequest is to be for the city.

(A: Front panel) Euphronsyne, niece of Dioskous, Eueian priestess.

(B: right side panel) . . . being Eueian priestess of Prinophoros, I bequeath for my eternal memory two plethra of vineyards [1.76 sq. km] with the ditches, in order that from the income sacrifices worth not less than five denarii may be burned for me.

Translation by: Ascough

(A) Ε̣ὐ̣φρ̣ο̣ν̣η̣ Διοσκο | CΦ̣ΙΔI․․․Ϲ̣Α̣Ϲ̣ΙϹΙ

(B) ἱέρεια οὖσα | Εὐεία Πρινο|φόρου κατα|λίπω εἰς μνί||ας χάριν αἰω|νίας ἀνπέλων | πλέθρα δύω | σὺν τε̑ς τάφροις, | ὅπως ἀπο||κέηταί μοι ἀπὸ ἀγο|ρᾶς μὴ ἔλα|τον 𐆖 {denarius symbol} εʹ

(C)<φερέτωσαν δὲ> | καὶ οἱ μύστε | μικρὸς μέ|γας ἕκαστος | στέφανον ῥό||δινον. ὁ δὲ μὴ ἐ|νένκας μὴ μετε|χέτω μου τῆς | δωρεᾶς. αἰὰν | δὲ μὴ ποιήσω||σιν, εἶνε αὐτὰ | τοῦ Δροιοφό|ρων θειάσου ἐ|πὶ τοῖς αὐτοῖς | προστίμοις. || εἰ δὲ μηδὲ ὁ ἕ|τερος θίασος | ποιῇ, εἶναι αὐ|τὰ τῆς πόλε|ως.

Item added: August 11, 2012
Item modified: January 19, 2016
ID number: 2501
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