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[68] Honors by Initiates of Dionysos Kallon for Semnos (85-96 CE) Rhegion - Thrace

Rhegion (Thrace, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), 85-96 CE
AGRW 68 = GRA I 90 = IByzantion 31 = Jaccottet 2003, vol. 2, no. 38/2 = SEG 18 (1962), no. 280 = PHI 170872 = AGRW ID# 2638
Copenhagen Inventory info: 315


Slab of white marble with a gable, acroteria and two reliefs of large wreaths, now in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum (inv. no. 4797; 86 x 59 x 12 cm). This association, which is attested in six other inscriptions, held athletic games as part of their festivals, which Semnos, along with another man, organized and supervised, and for which they were honored in other inscriptions.

For good fortune! During the fifth year of the official of the sacred things (hieromnemon; i.e., the eponymous civic official of Byzantion) of Domitian Caesar Augustus Germanicus, in the month of Bosporios, the initiates (mystai) of Dionysos Kallon honored Semnos, the slave (or: freedperson) of Lollia Katylle, for acting as priest for two years in an exceedingly brilliant and good manner.

Translation by: Ascough

ἀγαθῇ τύχῃ. | ἐπὶ ἱερομνάμονος Δομιτιανοῦ | Καίσαρος Σεβαστοῦ Γερμα|{relief}νικοῦ τὸ εʹ, μηνὸ[ς] Βο[σ]πορίου || οἱ μύσται Διονύσου Κάλλωνος | ἐτείμησαν Σέμνον Λολλίας | Κατύλλης ἱερατεύσαντα | ἐπὶ ἔτη βʹ καθε[ξ]ῆς λανπρῶς | καὶ καλῶς.

Item added: August 12, 2012
Item modified: September 26, 2020
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