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Dedication of a Candle-holder to Syrian Pure Aphrodite by Therapeutists [1] (96/95 BCE) Delos - Southwestern islands

Delos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), 96/95 BCE
IDelos 2240 = PHI 64686 = AGRW ID# 22486


Drum of white marble (53 x 39 cm diameter). Found in 1909 in the sanctuary of the Syrian Pure Goddess, Atargatis (inv. Ε 602). The candle-holder or menorah may have been placed on top of the drum.

The priest of Pure Aphrodite, Gaius son of Gaius from Acharnai subdivision, the basket-bearer (kanēphoros) Nikopolis daughter of Gaius from Acharnai subdivision, and the therapeutists (therapeutai) dedicated the candle-holder (namaran = menārā; i.e. a Syrian term) to Pure Aphrodite as a thanksgiving.

Translation by: Harland

ὁ ἱερεὺς τῆς Ἀφροδίτης τῆς | Ἁγνῆς Γάιος Γαίου Ἀχαρνεὺς | καὶ ἡ κανηφόρος Νικόπολις | Γαίου Ἀχαρνέως θυγάτηρ, | καὶ οἱ θεραπευταὶ τὸν ναμαραν | Ἀφροδίτει Ἁγνῇ χαριστήριον.

Item added: February 6, 2016
Item modified: February 19, 2016
ID number: 22486
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