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Dedication of an Altar to Maia by a Group of Italians (142-134 BCE) Delos - Southwestern islands

Delos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), 142-134 BCE
IDelos 1750 = PHI 64190 = AGRW ID# 21455
Copenhagen Inventory info: 890


Base of white marble (94 x 59 x 64 cm). Found in 1902 in a wall of the baths in the Rectangular (Tetragonon) Agora. Roussel suggests the possibility that the donors here were members of the Italian Hermaists, but this is not certain. Either way it seems that we're dealing with a group of Italians which may have formed an association.

(left, Latin) P. Venoleius freedman of Gaius, N. Nimmius son of Novius, L. Viseius freedman of Gaius, and C. Venoleius son of Gaius have set up the altar for Maia.

(right, Greek) Publius Venoleius freedman of Gaius, Nemerius Nimmius son of Novius, Lucius Viseius freedman of Gaius, and Gaius Venoleius son of Gaius dedicated this for Maia when Dionysios was civic leader (archon) at Athens, Euagion son of Alketas from Kothikidai subdivision was supervisor of the island.

Graphikos and Myron made this.

Translation by: Harland

{left, line 1} P. Venoleius C. l. | N. Nimmius No. f. | L. Viseius C. l. | C. Venoleius C. f. || Maiam statuerunt | eisdem aaram {sic.}.

{right, line 1} Πόπλιος Οὐενελήιος Γαίου, | Νεμέριος Νίμμιος Νουίου, | Λεύκιος Οὐιζήιος Γαίου | Γάιος Οὐενελήιος Γαίου, || τὴν Μαίαν | vac. | ἀνέθηκαν.ἐπὶ Διονυσίου ἄρχοντος Ἀθήνησιν, | ἐπιμελητοῦ δὲ τῆς νήσου Εὐαγίωνος | τοῦ Ἀλκέτου Κοθωκίδου. || Γραφικὸς καὶ Μύρων ἐποίουν.

IDelos 1750 close (Claire Tuan)

IDelos 1750 close.
Photo © Claire Tuan 2012.

IDelos 1750 from a distance. Photo © Claire Tuan 2012.

IDelos 1750 from a distance.

Photo © Claire Tuan 2012.

Item added: January 14, 2016
Item modified: November 14, 2020
ID number: 21455
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