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Grave of Zotikos with Fines Payable to the Builders (212-225 CE) Aphrodisias - Caria

Aphrodisias (Caria, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), ca. 212-225 CE
IAph 13.111 = SEG 48 (1998), no. 1326 = AGRW ID# 8451


Sarcophagus (coffin) of white marble, decorated with swags between pilasters, found in the northeastern part of the necropolis. Now in the yard of the Aphrodisias museum.

The grave and the plot on which it lies belong to Marcus Aurelius Zotikos son of Dionysios.  Zotikos himself, who was mentioned above, and Aurelia Tatia his wife will be buried in this grave.  But no one else has the authority to bury anyone in it or remove any of those mentioned above, since that one is to be considered a sacrilegious and accursed person, as well as a grave-robber.  That one will pay 2500 silver denarii to the goddess Aphrodite and 1000 denarii to the most reverent guild (syntechnia) of builders (tektonoi), of which one third will belong to the one prosecuting the case.  A copy of the inscription was deposited in the office of property records when Zenon son of Mylleas (?) was crown-bearer (i.e. eponymous official of the city) for the second time, in the month of Caesareon.

Translation by: Harland

ἡ̣ σο̣ρὸς καὶ ὁ τόπος καθ' ὁς ἐνκεῖται ἐστιν Μάρκου Αὐρηλίου Ζωτικοῦ τοῦ Διονυσ⌜ί⌝ου εἰς ἣν σορὸν ταφή|σονται αὐτὸς Ζωτικὸς ὁ προγεγραμμένος καὶ Αὐρηλία Τατία ἡ γυνὴ αὐτοῦ ἕτερος δὲ οὐδεὶς ἕξει | ἐξουσίαν ἐνθάψαι τινα ἢ ἐκθάψαι τῶν προγεγραμμένων ἐπεὶ ἔστω ἀσεβὴς καὶ ἐπάρατος καὶ τυμβωρύ|χος καὶ προσαποτείσει τῇ θεῷ Ἀφροδείτῃ ἀργυρίου (δηνάρια) ͵βφ´ καὶ τῇ σεμνοτάτῃ συντεχνίᾳ τῶν τε||κτόνων (δηνάρια) ͵α ὧν τὸ τρίτον ἔστω τοῦ ἐγδική{σαν}τος τῆς ἐπιγραφῆς ἀπετέθη ἀντίγραφον εἰς τὸ χρεοφυλάκιον |ἐπί στεφανηφόρου Ζήνωνος Μ̣υλλέου τὸ β´ μηνὸς Καισαρεῶνος vac. {scroll} vac.

IAph 13.111: Grave of Zotikos involving a guild of builders.
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Item added: December 20, 2012
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