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Dedication of an Architrave in the Theatre by the Purple-dyers (206-208 CE) Hierapolis - Phrygia

Hierapolis (Phrygia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 206-208 CE
Tullia Ritti, Fonti letterarie ed epigrafiche (Hierapolis scavi e ricerche 1; Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider Editore, 1985) 108-113 = AGRW ID# 10939


Lower of two architraves in the theatre at Hierapolis (letter height: 9.5-10 cm). The upper architrave was dedicated by the city of Hierapolis "to Apollo Archegetes ("Founder"), to all the ancestral gods, and to our lords the emperors Septimius Severus, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Augusti, and P. Septimius Geta Caesar", as well as to Julia Domne Augusta and the whole imperial family. The lower architrave, translated here, was completed with contributions by the occupation of the purple-dyers.

The guild (technē) of purple-dyers (porphyrabapheis) paid for the completion of the decoration of the ceiling on the first and second levels with Dokimeian marble and for the part that is attached to it, for 653 feet.

Translation by: Harland

συνετέλεσεν δὲ καὶ πρὸς τὸν κόσμον τῆς τε πρώτης καὶ τῆς δευτέρας στέγης λίθου Δοκιμηνοῦ ἀπηρτισμένου [καὶ πρὸς ? τὴν προ]σάρτησιν παρ᾿ ἐαυτῆς, πόδας ἑξακοσ[ίους πε]ντήκοντα τρεῖς, ἡ τέχνη τῶν πορφυραβά[φων].

Item added: February 20, 2013
Item modified: March 2, 2017
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