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Grave of a Baker Involving Two Associations (undated) Ephesos - Ionia

Ephesos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), undated
IEph 2226 = IGladiateurs 202 = SEG 49 (1999), no. 2427 = PHI 249953 = AGRW ID# 8607
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1622


Find-spot unknown; no description available. The interpretation of the two groups who are recipients of potential fines is not certain, but they seem to be fan clubs related to gladiators (see Robert 1940, 24-27). For further references to the friends of the Vedii group, see IEph 3055 (late II or early III CE) and IEph 3070 (200-210 CE).

This is the grave of Aurelius Neikon, baker, and his wife Aurelia Epikrateia.  It is not lawful for anyone else to be thrown in it, except for those written above only.  Now if anyone wants to throw in a corpse or to inscribe letters, that person will pay 1000 denarii to the association of friends of the Vedii who like weapons (i.e. an association of fans of a particular gladiatorial team sponsored by the Vedius family) and 1000 denarii to the weapon-loving association of the sacred market (or: sacred enclosure).

Translation by: Harland

αὕτη ἡ σορός ἐστιν Αὐρ(ηλίου) Νείκωνος ἀρτοκόπου καὶ γυναικὸς αὐτοῦ Αὐρ(ηλίας) Ἐπικρατείης· ἐν ᾗ σορῷ οὐδενὶ | ἔξεσ<τ>ι βληθῆναι, εἰ μὴ μόνοις τοῖς προγεγραμμένοις· εἰ δέ τις θελήσει πτῶμα ἐπιβάλαι ἢ γράμματα ἐκκόψαι, | δώσει τῇ φιλοπλίᾳ Φιλοβηδίων 𐆖 {denarius symbol} μ(υ)ρ(ίας) ῥωμανηιτὰς? καὶ τῇ φιλοπλίᾳ ἱεροῦ μακέλου τὰς αὐτὰς 𐆖 {denarius symbol} μ(υ)ρ(ίας) ῥωμανηστάς?· | ζῶσιν

Item added: December 21, 2012
Item modified: November 6, 2020
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