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Dedication to the God Aularkenos by Martial and Society-members (undated) Marcianopolis - Thrace

Marcianopolis (Thrace, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), undated
IGBulg 5364 = SEG 28 (1978), no. 603 = PHI 170537 = AGRW ID# 13976
Copenhagen Inventory info: 673


The epithet Aularkenos or Aularchenos is attested as an epithet for a Thracian ancestral deity identified with Apollo in several inscriptions from Marcianopolis (IGBulg 801, 802, 841, 5394) and Bizye (IGBulg 1859, 1860). One other use of the epithet from Marcianopolis does not refer to Apollo (IGBulg V 5366). Dedications from Augusta Traiana (IGBulg 1597, 1622), Anchialos (IGBulg 1838), and Mesambria (IGBulg I² 353) further attest to the use of the epithet, probably in connection with a native Thracian deity, but those monuments simply speak of "the Aularchenos god" without further identification (cf. IGBulg 5394bis).

Martial the priest, the rest of his relatives, and the rest of the society-members (thiasitai) dedicated this to the god Aularkenos (“Ruler of the Court”).

Translation by: Harland

θε̣ῷ Αυλα̣ρ̣κηνῳ ἀνέθηκεν Μαρτιάλης ἱερεὺς | κα̣ὶ οἱ λοιποὶ συνγενεῖς καὶ οἱ λυποὶ θεασῖται {λοιποὶ θιασῖται}.

Item added: July 3, 2013
Item modified: September 26, 2020
ID number: 13976
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