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Dedication of a Bronze Statue of Tyche with Mention of Artemis’ Clothing-Cleaners (180-199 CE) Ephesos - Ionia

Ephesos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 180-199 CE
SEG 34 (1984), no. 1124 = PHI 248384 = AGRW ID# 11094
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1591


Polygonal column of marble (96 cm diameter)

During the civic presidency of Flavius Perigenes, when Vedia Paiane was serving as priestess of Athena for life, when Titus Flavius Julianus was secretary of the People, and when the clothing-cleaners (gnapheis; or: fullers) and bleachers (leukantoi) were superintendents of the goddess Artemis (i.e. of her adornment or clothing), the boys (paides) and maidens (parthenoi) under Quintus . . . Name. . . Marcus have presented the adornment (kosmos; or: clothing) for the goddess:  Dionysodoros son of Menodoros, grandson of Dionysios for the third generation; Daphnos II, grandson of Krateros and great-grandson of Apollonios; Xenokles II, also called Posidonios, grandson of Metras; Julius Ariston son of Ariston; Bassos son of Asklepiades and grandson of Asklepiades; Publius Apuleius Aphrodeisios son of Aphrodeisios; Gemmelos son of Prytanikos; and, Hermias son of Eutyches, grandson of Orpheus and great-grandson of Metrophanes.  I have dedicated to the secretaries of the elders (geraioi) the bronze statue of Tyche, 20000 copper coins, and a two pitchers (sextarii; i.e. holding about one pint each).

Translation by: Harland

ἐπὶ πρυτάνεως∙ Φ(λαουίου)∙ Πε|ριγένους, ἱερατευού|σης∙ τῆς∙ Ἀθηνᾶς διὰ | βίου Βηδίας Παπιανῆς, || γραμματεύοντος τοῦ δή|μου∙ Τί(του)∙ Φ(λαουίου) Ἰουλιανοῦ, | κουρατορευόντων τῶν | γναφέων καὶ λευκαντῶν | τῆς θεοῦ Ἀρτέμιδος, || προσήνενκαν τῇ θεῷ | τὸν κόσμον παῖδες καὶ | παρθένοι ἐπὶ Κο(ΐντου)∙ Τρη(—)∙ Μάρκου∙ | Διονυσόδωρος Μηνοδώρου | τοῦ Διονυσίου γʹ∙ Δάφνος∙ βʹ∙ τοῦ || Κρατέρου τοῦ Ἀπολλωνίου∙ Ξενο|κλῆς∙ βʹ∙ τοῦ Μητρᾶ ὁ καλούμενος | Ποσιδώνιος∙ Ἰούλιος Ἀρίστωνος | τοῦ Ἀρίστωνος. Βᾶσσος Ἀσκλη|πιάδου τοῦ Ἀσκληπιάδου. || Πόπλιος Ἀπουλήϊος Ἀφροδεί|σιος Ἀφροδεισίου υἱός. | Γέμελλος Πρυτανικοῦ. | Ἑρμίας Εὐτύχου τοῦ Ὀρφέως τοῦ | Μητροφάνου. || ἀνέθηκα δὲ καὶ τοῖς γεραιοῖς γραμμα|τεῖσιν χαλκῆν Τύχην καὶ χαλκεῖ(ο)ν | μ(υριάδας) βʹ καὶ ξέστας∙ βʹ.

Item added: February 24, 2013
Item modified: November 6, 2020
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