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[83] Dedication of Chrysa the Manumitted Slave to Theos Hypsistos (41 CE) Gorgippia - Bosporan region

Gorgippia (Bosporan region, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), 41 CE (Oct.-Nov.)
AGRW 83 = IJO I BS 20 = IBosp 1123 = IPontEux II 400 = PHI 183859 = AGRW ID# 1544


Slab of white marble (29 x 21 x 8 cm; letter height: 1.2 cm), now in the Hermitage Museum (inv. no. Γп20), St. Petersburg. Original find spot Anapa town. The inscription has been identified as Judean based on the use of “blessed” (eulogētos) in connection with the god’s attributes together with the reference to a prayer-house. The inscription ends with an oath involving three other deities (Zeus, Earth, and Sun). See also Levinskaya 1996, 239-240 (no. 7).

This was dedicated to Theos Hypsistos (“Highest god”), all–powerful, blessed.  During the reign of king Mithridates (erased), friend of Germanicus (?) and friend of the homeland, in the 338th year in the month of Deios, Pothos son of Strabon dedicated a house–bred slave, who is named Chrysa, to the prayer–house (proseuchē) in accordance with a vow, so that she will not be hindered or bothered by any heir, under Zeus, Ge (“Earth”), and Helios (“Sun”).

Translation by: Harland

Θεῶι Ὑψίστωι παντοǀκράτορι εὐλογητῷ, βαǀσιλεύοντος βασιλέǀως [[Μ̣ι̣θ̣ρ̣ι̣δ̣ά̣τ̣ο̣υ̣]] φιλοǀǀγερμα<νί>κου (Latyshev) καὶ φιλοπάτǀριδος ἔτους ηλτʹ, μηǀνὸς Δείου, Πόθος Στǀράβωνος ἀνέθηκεν ǀ τ[ῆι] προ̣σ̣ευχῆι κατ’ εὐχ[ὴ]ǀǀν θ[ρ]επτὴν ἑαυτοῦ, ᾗ ὄνοǀμα Χ[ρ]ύσα, ἐφ’ ᾧ ᾖ ἀνέπαǀφος καὶ ἀνεπηρέαστο[ς] ǀ ἀπὸ παντὸς κληρον[όμ]ǀου ὑπὸ Δία, Γῆν, Ἥλιο[ν].

IBosp 1123: Facsimile by Latyšev (IPontEux II 400).
Public domain.


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