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Grave of Ptolemaios and the Judeans (late I CE) Tlos - Lycia

Tlos (Lycia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), late I CE
GRA 150 = TAM II 612 = IJO II 223 = CIJ 757 = PHI 284501 = AGRW ID# 9369


Block which served as the top of a grave, found north of the acropolis of Tlos among graves for members of the Bellerphonteian subdivision (117 x 45 cm; letter height: 3.0–3.5 cm).

Ptolemaios son of Lucius of Tlos prepared the tomb from the foundations using his own resources for himself and on behalf of his son, Ptolemaios the second, grandson of Lucius, because of the leadership (archonteia) he has performed among us Judeans, with the result that this grave is to be for all the Judeans.  No one else is to place a body in it.  Now if anyone is found placing someone in it, (10) that person will owe … to the People (dēmos) of Tlos.

Translation by: Harland

Πτολεμαῖος Λευ̣|κίου Τλωεὺς κατεσκεύασεν ἐκ | τῶν ἰδίων τὸ ἡρῷον ἀπὸ θεμελίων αὐ|τὸς καὶ ὑπὲρ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ Πτολεμαίου βʹ || τοῦ Λευκίου ὑπὲρ ἀρχοντείας τελου|μένας (μένης) παρ’ ἡμεῖν Ἰουδαίοις, ὥστε αὐ|τὸ εἶναι πάντων τῶν Ἰουδαίων καὶ | μηδένα ἐξὸν εἶναι ἕτερον τεθῆναι | ἐν αὐτῷ. ἐὰν δέ τις εὑρεθείη τινὰ || τιθ̣ῶν, ὀφειλέσει Τλοέων τῷ δήμῳ | [— — — — — — — — — — —].

TAM II 612 = IJO II 223: Grave of Judeans from Tlos.
Facsimile by E. Hula, “Eine Judengemeinded in Tlos,” Eranos Vindobonsensis (1893), 99-102.


Item added: January 8, 2013
Item modified: February 14, 2015
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