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Dedication to Isis and Sarapis by Artemidoros Mentioning the Navigation Festival (early I CE) Byzantion - Thrace

Byzantion (Thrace, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), early I CE
IByzantion 324 = AM 36 (1911) 287 (no. 2) = PHI 171173 = AGRW ID# 15838


The mention of celebrating the Navigation festival led by a cultic functionary titled a “commander of the fleet” (ναύαρχος) suggests a group of initiates in Isis' mysteries (cf. Apuleius, Met., book 11).

This was dedicated to Isis and Sarapis during the reign of Rhoimetalkes, when Artemidoros son of Philostratos was leader of the region (merarchēs) in the 32nd year.  Artemidoros son of Synistor, having been naval commander (nauarchos) for the great Navigation festival, has set up the monument (telamōn).

Translation by: Harland

Ἴσιδι καὶ Σαράπιδι· ǀ βασιλεύοντος Ῥοιμεǀτάλκου, μερα<ρ>χοῦν{Ρ}ǀτος δὲ Ἀρτεμιδώǀǀρου τοῦ Φι<λ>οστράǀτου, ἔτους λβʹ Ἀρτεǀμίδωρος Συνίστοǀρος υἱὸς ναυαρχήǀσας τὰ μεγάλα Πλ̣[οι]ǀǀαφέσια τὸν τελαǀμῶνα ἀνέθηκεν.

Item added: November 13, 2014
Item modified: March 5, 2016
ID number: 15838
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