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Dedication of an Altar for a Sacred Company (249 CE) Akmoneia - Phrygia

Akmoneia (Phrygia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 249 CE
Susan Guettel Cole, "Dionysiac Mysteries in Phrygia in the Imperial Period," EA 17 (1991) 41-43 = SEG 41 (1991), no. 1171 = PHI 272601 = AGRW ID# 5588
Copenhagen Inventory info: 485


Altar with a relief on each of its four sides (60 x 20-25 cm), last seen in Izmir. The reliefs are heavily damaged, but Cole argues that the relief on side A shows a figure holding a wand (thyrsos), a symbol associated with the mysteries of the god Dionysos.

(A) To good fortune.  Aurelius Epitynchanos and Aurelius Epinikos together with their mother Tertylle and their father Telesphoros consecrated this (B) in the year 334 (of the Sullan era) together with the sacred company (speira) of which he (Epitynchanos or Epinikos or Telesphoros [?]) was also the revealer of the sacred objects (hierophant).

(C)  The mason was Lucius.

Translation by: Harland

(A) ἀγαθῇ τύχῃ. | Αὐρήλιοι | Ἐπιτύνχανος κα[ὶ] | Ἐπίνικος σὺν τῇ μη||τρὶ Τερτύλλῃ πατέ̣[ρα] | Τελέσφορον ἀπεει|έρωσαν {ἀφιέρωσαν}

(B, line 1) ἔτους τλδ̣ʹ | σὺν τῇ εἱερᾷ εἰσ|πείρῃ {σπείρῃ} ἧς καὶ εἱρ[ο]|φάντης.

(C, line 1) λατύπος Λούκιος.

Item added: November 11, 2012
Item modified: October 18, 2020
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