Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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[88] Grave for a “Brother” of the Synod (200-250 CE) Pantikapaion - Bosporan region

Pantikapaion (Bosporan region, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), 200-250 CE
AGRW 88 = IBosp 104 = PHI 182821 = AGRW ID# 1764
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1296


Slab of limestone (114 x 38 x 17-21 cm; letter height: 3 cm). Found at Kerch in 1910. Now in Kerch Historical and Archaeological Museum. On this grave, members of an association, including the “father” of the group, set up a memorial for a fellow-member who is referred to as a “brother.”

To good fortune!  Those gathered around the priest, Valeris son of Neikostratos, and the father (patēr) of the synod (synodos), Kallistos the second, and the rest of the members of the synod (synodeitai) (honoured) their own brother (adelphos), Symphoros son of Philippos.

Translation by: Harland

ἀγαθῇ τύǀ[χῃ]. ǀ τοῖς περὶ ǀ ἱερέαν Οὐǀǀαλέριν ǀ Νεικ[οστρά]ǀτου καὶ ǀ πατέρα ǀ συνό[δ]ου ǀǀ Κάλλιστοǀν βʹ καὶ ǀ οἱ λοιπο[ὶ] ǀ συνοδεῖǀται τὸν ǀǀ ἴδιον ἀǀδελφὸν ǀ Σύμφορον ǀ Φιλίπ<π>ου.

Item added: March 2, 2012
Item modified: October 4, 2020
ID number: 1764
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