Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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Grave of an Individual Purple-dealer and Council Member (212-300 CE) Hierapolis - Phrygia

Hierapolis (Phrygia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 212-300 CE
IHierapJ 156 = PHI 271772 = AGRW ID# 10527


Coffin (sarcophagus) on the east side before the fork in the road in the northern necropolis. This grave involves an individual purple-dealer, not an association; it is presented here for its relevance to questions surrounding the social status of merchants and those working with purple garments. Often this case of a merchant who is a civic Councilor is discussed in connection with the shipper Erastus at Ephesos, on which see IEph 1487 on this site. For further discussion, also see Pleket 1984, 20, 22.

The grave belongs to Marcus Aurelius Alexandros son of Moschianos (or: Marcus Aurelius son of Alexandros Moschianos), member of the civic Council and purple-dealer (prophyropōlēs).

Translation by: Harland

ἡ σορὸς Μ(άρκου) Αὐρ(ηλίου) Ἀλεξάνδρου Μοσχιανοῦ βουλευτοῦ πο|ρφυροπώλου.

Item added: February 13, 2013
Item modified: January 14, 2016
ID number: 10527
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