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Confession Inscription Involving Mysteries (I-II CE) Hierapolis area [Dionysoupolis] - Phrygia

Hierapolis area [Dionysoupolis] (Phrygia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), I-II CE
BWK 108 = MAMA IV 281 = PHI 269717 = AGRW ID# 5963


Slab of limestone with a pediment found reused in the wall of a house at Bahadinlar (31 x 44 cm). Confession inscriptions (or reconciliation inscriptions) are characteristic of parts of Phrygia, Lydia, and nearby areas. They involve a person who has in some way offended the god (often described as a "sin" [ἁμαρτία]) acknowledging the god's punishment and power. In this case the "sin" involves hesitancy in participating in a god's mysteries. Dionysoupolis was located northeast of Hierapolis and southeast of Blaundos.

C. Antonius Apellas from Blaundos, having been punished by the god often and for a long period of time because, although he had been called, he did not want to come and be present at the mystery…

Translation by: Harland

Γ. Ἀντώνιος Ἀπελ[λ]ǀ[ᾶ]ς̣ Βλαυνδεὺς κοǀλασθεὶς ὑπὸ τοῦ θεοῦ πολλάκις καὶ ǀ πολλοῖς χρόνοις διὰ τὸ μ<ὴ> βούλεσθε ǀǀ αὐτὸν ποσελθεῖν καὶ παρεστάναι ǀ τῶ μυστηρίω καλούμενον ἐν[— — —]

MAMA IV 281, plate 58.

MAMA IV 281: Squeeze.

Item added: November 11, 2012
Item modified: December 4, 2015
ID number: 5963
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