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Grave with Fine Payable to the Dockworkers of the Harbor (III CE) Alexandreia Troas - Mysia and the Troad

Alexandreia Troas (Mysia and the Troad, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), III CE
IAlexTroas 153 = ISmyrna 205 = PHI 287925 = AGRW ID# 5831
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1174


Fragment of a sarcophagus side. Copied at the beginning of the 18th century with the copy found in a collection in Smyrna. It is from Alexandria Troas or, less likely, Smyrna.

(missing lines) . . . Now if someone dares to throw the bones (?) . . . of other people into this coffin or to move the coffin to another place – the coffin which we prepared while living – that one will pay a fine of 1500 denarii to the city (polis) and 250 denarii to the dockworkers (phortēgion) of the harbor.  Also, anyone considering this will be destined for a nearby grave.

Translation by: Harland

[ἐὰν δέ τις τολμήσῃ βαλεῖν] | [? ὀστέ]α ἄλλων ἀνθρώπων ἰ<ς> τα<ύ>|την τὴν <σ>ορὸν ἢ μετα{ρ}θῖναι {μεταθῖναι} ἰς ἄλ|λον τόπον ταύτην τὴν <σ>ορόν, ἣν ἡ|μεῖς ζῶντες κατεσκευάσαμεν || δώσει προστείμου ἰς τὴν πόλιν (δην.) ͵αφʹ | καὶ τῷ φορτηγίῳ τῷ ἐπὶ | τοῦ λιμένος (δην.) σνʹ, οἵ|τινες καὶ φροντίζιν | μέλλ{ω}ουσιν {μέλλουσιν} περὶ τα[ύτης τῆς σοροῦ].

Item added: November 11, 2012
Item modified: September 22, 2020
ID number: 5831
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