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Grave of Euarestos and Family Protected by Fish-trappers (II CE) Ephesos - Ionia

Ephesos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), II CE
Çengiz Içten and Helmut Engelmann, "Inschriften aus Ephesos und Kolophon," ZPE 120 (1998) 83–91, at 86-88 (no. 7) (link) = SEG 48 (1998), no. 1363 = AGRW ID# 12220


Slab of white marble broken in three pieces (44 x 38 x 2 cm). Here fisherman who used cages or traps are assigned the responsibility to protect the tomb. A third child, who was likely born after the tomb was inscribed, was later added as having the right to access.

This tomb, the three coffins in it, the lower terrace with a staircase,  and the area in front of it by the mosaic belong to Euarestos son of Dionysios, grandson of Metras, great-grandson of Metras, and great-great grandson of Apollonios, and to his children, wife, and descendents.  Euarestos has the right to build another memorial upon it or whatever else he wants without hindrance.  Furthermore, the fish-trappers (kyrteutai) have the legal right to prosecute violators of the tomb.  Euarestos himself, his wife, Marcia, his children, Marcus and Phanias, and their children and descendents have the right to access — may they live.  Now if anyone dares to sell or move the grave after my death, let that one pay 2500 denarii to the treasury. Furthermore, Eutychides son of Euarestos has the right to access.

Translation by: Harland

τοῦτο τὸ ἡρῷον καὶ αἱ ἐν αὐτῷ | πυαλείδες τρεῖς καὶ τὸ κατ’ αὐτοῦ | σωλάριον σὺν τῇ ἀναβάσι καὶ ὁ ἔν|προσθε τόπος πρὸς τὸ προκέντημ̣ά || ἐστιν Εὐαρέστου τοῦ Διονυσίου | τοῦ Μητρᾶ δὶς τοῦ Ἀπολλωνίου | καὶ τέκνων καὶ γυναικὸς καὶ ἐκγό|νων αὐτοῦ· ἐξουσίαν ἔχοντος τοῦ | Εὐαρέστου ἐποικοδομεῖν μνημεῖον || ἢ καὶ ἕτερόν τι ὡς ἂν βούληται ἀνεπι|κωλυτί· ἐξέστω δὲ ἐκδικεῖν τὸ ἡρῷον | τοὺς κυρτευτάς· ἔχιν δὲ τὴν ἐπίβασιν | αὐτὸν τὸν Εὐάρεστον καὶ τὴν γυναῖκα | αὐτοῦ Μαρκίαν καὶ τὰ τέκνα αὐτοῦ || Μᾶρκον καὶ Φανίαν καὶ τὰ τούτων | τέκνα καὶ ἔκγονα· ζῶσιν· | εἰ δέ τις μετὰ τὸν ἐμὸν θάνατον | θελήσῃ πωλῆσαι ἢ ἐκχωρῆ[σα]ι, | δώσει τῷ ταμείῳ * ,βφ· || [ἔ]χιν δὲ ἐπίβασιν Εὐτυχίδην Εὐα|ρέστου.

Item added: May 16, 2013
Item modified: December 7, 2015
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