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Dedication to Asklepios Apobaterios by Menes of the Asklepiads (ca. 150 BCE) Iasos - Caria

Iasos (Caria, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), ca. 150 BCE
IIasos 227 = PHI 259068 = AGRW ID# 9518


Cylindrical altar found near the harbor (99 x 32 cm). The term "Asklepiads" (Asklepiadai), which literally means descendents of Asklepios, had been used for the group or association of physicians on Kos. It is not clear whether or not the Asklepiads formed an association here. There is a Menes son of Tyrtaios who was a crown-bearer (the eponymous official) at Iasos in the mid-II BCE (cf. IIasos 152); if this is the same man, then our inscription dates to that period..

Menes son of Tyrtaios, Iasian of the Asklepiads (Asklepiadai; i.e. descendents of Asklepios, perhaps physicians), dedicated this to Asklepios Apobaterios (“Protector of those Arriving”), the founder of the clan (of the Asklepiads [?]).

Translation by: Harland

Μένης Τυρταίου | Ἰασεὺς τῶν Ἀσκλη|πιαδῶν Ἀσκληπιῶι | Ἀποβατηρίωι τῶι ἀρ||χηγέτηι τοῦ γένους.

Item added: January 14, 2013
Item modified: December 10, 2015
ID number: 9518
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