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[80] Dedication of a Statue by a Dionysiac Society (100-50 BCE) Tomis - Scythia and Moesia

Tomis (Scythia and Moesia, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), ca. 100-50 BCE
AGRW 80 = ITomis 120 = Jaccottet 2003, vol. 2, no. 62 = PHI 173220 = AGRW ID# 3720
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1204


Plaque of marble that accompanied a statue.

This pure statue is dedicated on behalf of the society (thiasos) to you, blazing one, as a gift from from the workshop of Parmis, crowned initiate (mystikos) among the bacchants (i.e. devotees of Bacchos = Dionysos), who reveals the ancient rite. But you, bull-horned one, receive the handwork of Hermagenes and save the sacred society (thiasos) of Parmis.

Translation by: Kloppenborg

ἁγνὸν ὑπὲρ θιάσοιο πυρίβρομέ σοι τὸ [δ’ ἄγαλμα] | δῶρον ἀπὸ σφετέρας ὤπασεν ἐργ̣[ασίας] | [μ]υστικὸν ἐμ βακχοῖσι λαχὼν στέφος [— — —] | Π̣άρμιδος, ἀρχαίην δεικνύμενος τ[ελετήν]. || ἀλλὰ σύ, ταυρόκερως, Ἑρμαγένεος χε[ρὸς ἔργον] | [δ]έξαι καὶ Πασοῦς σῶζε ἱερὸν θίασ[ον].

Item added: October 2, 2012
Item modified: October 1, 2020
ID number: 3720
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