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Grave of a Grain-measurer’s Family with a Foundation for Workers (II-III CE) Ephesos area [Thyaira] - Ionia

Ephesos area [Thyaira] (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), II-III CE
IEph 3216 = AGRW ID# 10173


Grave found in Tire, now in the museum there (70 x 230 x 75 cm; letter height: 3-6.5 cm).

This grave belongs to Pompeius Euprosdektos, grain–measurer (prometrēs), his wife, Aurelia Julia, and their children—still living.  No one except those mentioned above is permitted to bury another body in it or to erase the inscription.  The workers (ergatai) in Ephesos in the gateway near Poseidon’s statue (or: temple [?]) take care of this.  He also granted 500 denarii to them in order to buy wine, candles and garlands worth 10 denarii using the accruing interest.  They will hold a feast (euōchia) on the fifth of the month of Posidion.  If they do not perform these responsibilities or if they overlook them, the grain–measurers (prometrai) in Ephesos shall claim the fund and exact it.

Translation by: Harland

αὕτη ἡ σορός ἐστιν Πονπηίου Εὐπροσδέκτου προμέτρου καὶ γυναικὸς αὐτοῦ ǀ Αὐρ. Ἰουλίας καὶ τέκνων αὐτῶν· ζῶσιν· εἰς ἥν οὐδενὶ ἐξέσται ἔτερον πτῶμα ǀ κηδεῦσαι ἢ γράμμα ἐκκόψαι χωρὶς τῶνδε προγεγραμένων· τούτου κήδονται οἱ ἐν Ἐǀφέσῳ ἐργάται προπυλεῖται πρὸς τῷ Ποσειδῶνι· οἷς καὶ καθιέρωσεν 𐆖 {denarius symbol} πεντακόσια ἐπὶ τῷ γείǀνεσθαι ἀπὸ τοῦ γεινομένου τόκου οἰνοποσίαν καὶ κηριόλους καὶ στεφά(νους) 𐆖 {denarius symbol} ιʹ· ποιήǀ{σου}σουσιν δὲ τὴν εὐωχίαν μη(νὸς) Πο(σιδεῶνος) ἡ(μέρᾳ) ε´ ἀπι(όντος)· εἰ δὲ μὴ ποιήσουσι, ἀλ<λ>ὰ παραπένψονται, ἐκδικήσουǀσιν καὶ ἐκπράξουσιν οἱ ἐν Ἐφέσῳ προμέτραι.

Item added: January 28, 2013
Item modified: December 7, 2015
ID number: 10173
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