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Foundation by Argea and Honors by the Association of Anthister (ca. 200 BCE) Thera - Southwestern islands

Thera (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), ca. 200 BCE
IG XII,3 329 + IG XII,3 Suppl. 1295 on p. 284 = PHI 75846 = AGRW ID# 12910
Copenhagen Inventory info: 14


Fragments of a marble slab (27.5 x 29 x 10.5 cm). The epithet Pythochrestos is attested in connection with cults of Aphrodite and Dionysos at Erythrai (IErythrai 201; ca. 300-260 BCE) and may indicate that the cult (or in our case, association) was established by order of an oracle by Pythian Apollo. This inscription provides further evidence of associations engaging in loans.

The association (koinon) of Anthister (i.e. likely a hero or the god Dionysos, whose festivals included the Anthesteria), which was established by a Pythian oracle (pythochrēstos), approved the following: Whereas Argea daughter of the glory-loving Dion, wishing to exhibit the same admirable character (as her father), made a promise to leave behind 500 drachmas to the association, so that we will observe the seventh day (of the month [?]; or seventh day festival [?]) for both her and her daughter, Isthmo, as an association (koinon).  It was resolved that, having accepted the promised funds, the overseers (episkopoi) Dion and Meleippos would lend it out at interest with a sufficient security, and from the difference that accrues would gather a gathering (synagōgē) according to what has been written . . . (missing line) . . . olive crown. . . (remaining lines largely illegible with the exception of a reference to “the ancestral gods”).


Translation by: Harland

[ἔδοξ]ε τῶι κοιν[ῶι] τοῦ Ἀνθισ|[τῆ]ρος τοῦ πυθοχρήστου· ἐ|[π]ειδὴ Ἀργέα ἁ Δίω[ν]ος φιλό|δοξος οὖσα καὶ δηλομένα || τᾶς ἰδίας καλοκἀγαθίας μνάμαν ἀ|πολεῖπεν ἐς πάντα τὸν χρό[νο]ν ἐπαγ|γέλλεται τῶι κοινῶι δραχμὰ[ς] πε[ν]|[τ]ακοσίας ὥστ[ε] ἐπάγεσθαι ἀ[εὶ τὰν(?)] | [ἑ]βδόμαν αὐτᾶς τε καὶ τᾶς θυγα[τρὸς] || [Ἰσ]θμῶς κατὰ [κ]οινόν· δεδόχθαι ἀ[ποδε]|ξαμένος τὰν ἐπαγγελίαν τὸ μ[ὲν ἀρ]|γύριον ἐγδανεῖσαι τὸς ἐπισκό[πος] | Δίωνα καὶ Μελέϊππον ἐπὶ ὑ[ποθέμα]|τι ἀξιόχρεωι, ἀπὸ δὲ τοῦ πίπ[τοντος] || διαφόρου συνάγεσθαι τὰν [συναγω]|[γὰ]ν κατὰ τ[ὰ γε]γρα[μμένα — — — —]

{IG XII,3 Suppl. 1295 on p. 284} [— — —]ο [π]ρα[τ— — —] | [— — — στε]φάνους θαλ[λοῦ — — —] | — — — θυομένων δύο — — — | [— — — κατ]άλογον ἀποτ[ελ— — —] || [— — — θυέσ]θαι τοῖς πα[τρίοις θεοῖς (?) — — —] | [— — —]Ο̣Γ[․․․]ΤΙ[— — —] | [— — — ]

IG XII,3 329: Facsimile by Hiller von Gaertringen.
Public domain.

Item added: May 31, 2013
Item modified: December 18, 2020
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