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Grave (frag.) and Epigram with Fines Payable to a Company (I-II CE) Perinthos-Herakleia - Thrace

Perinthos-Herakleia (Thrace, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), I-II CE
IPerinthos 146 = SEG 48 (1998), no. 934 = PHI 167357 = AGRW ID# 14178
Copenhagen Inventory info: 710


Slab (79 x 36 x 11 cm).

. . . and for Sophrosyne.  Now if anyone buries someone here, that person will pay to my company (speirē), whose members are named Sparganiotans (Sparganiōtai), . . .  100 gold stater (or: aureus [?]) coins (about 25 drachmas each) as well as a gold four-stater coin (?) (about 100 drachmas).   What should the greeting be, oh passers-by?  This–what you see here–is life:  The sounds of the cicada stop suddenly, the rose blooms but withers quickly, the shelter was tied but it loosens and the wind returns.  As a mortal man, he speaks; as a corpse, he stiffens.  The soul is carried away and I have been released.

Translation by: Harland

․․․[— — —] | Σωφροσύνῃ̣. [ἐὰν δὲ ἕ]|τερόν τις ἐνθάδε θάψῃ, | δώσει μου σπείρῃ, οἷς τοὔ||νομα Σπαργανιώταις, | χρυσοῦς ἑκατόν τε | τετραχρύσους | vac. | καὶ τί τὸ χαίρειν, ὦ πα|ροδεῖται; ταῦτ’, ὁς ὁρᾶ||ται, ὁ βίος | τέττειξ κελάδων παύ|σατον εὐθύς ἤνθησε | ῥόδον εὐθὺς μεμά|ρανται ἀσκὸς δέδετο, ||λύθη, πνεῦμα ἀπέδωκε· | βροτὸς ὢν λαλέει νέκυς | ὢν ἐπάγη ψυχὴ φέρετε | κἀγὼ λέλυμε.

Item added: July 4, 2013
Item modified: September 26, 2020
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