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Honorary Decree (frag.) by Therapeutists for Sokles the Priest of Sarapis (I-II BCE) Maroneia - Thrace

Maroneia (Thrace, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), II-I BCE
IThraceL 183 = RICIS 114/0203 = PHI 295451 = AGRW ID# 14078
Copenhagen Inventory info: 739


Slab of white marble found in 1971. Now in the museum at Komotini (inv. AGK 966).

. . . (opening of decree, including the introduction of the resolution, missing)  . . . with a crown and . . . a bronze (or: engraved) image (?). . . ; to set up the image in the most conspicuous place in the temple (hieron); and, to crown him with a gold crown each year in all the synods (synodoi; i.e. meetings), with the temple-warden (neōkoros) making the proclamation as follows:  “The therapeutists (therapeutai; i.e. servants) of the god crown Sokles son of Theoxenides, who has served as priest in a manner demonstrating nobility and goodness.”  The current examiner (exetastēs) is to take care of what is written above, and he is to be free of service and exempt from every fee, participating in all the common activities in the temple.   Now in order that those entering into the temple may know about the character and goodness of Sokles–the piety he has had towards the deity and the therapeutists and the gratitude he has towards (?) those meeting in the temple–this decree is to be written on a monument (stele) of white stone and placed in the temple of Sarapis.

Translation by: Harland

[— — —] | {line 1} [— — — χρυσῶι {θαλλοῦ}] στεφάνωι καὶ | [εἰκόνι χαλκ]ῆι {[γραπτ]ῆι}, ἀναθεῖναί τε τὴν εἰκόνα | [ἐν τῶι] ἐπιφανεστάτωι τόπωι τοῦ ἱεροῦ | [στεφ]ανοῦσθαί τε αὐτὸν κατ’ ἐνιαυτὸν || [ἐν τα]ῖς συνόδοις πάσαις χρυσῶι στε|[φά]νωι, τὴν ἀναγγελίαν ποιουμένου | [τ]οῦ νεωκόρου κατὰ τάδε· οἱ θεραπευ|ταὶ τοῦ θεοῦ στεφανοῦσιν Σωκλῆν | Θεοξενίδου [ἱε]ρητεύσαντα κα[λῶς] || καὶ φιλαγάθως· προνοεῖσθαι δὲ τῶν | προγεγραμμένων τὸν ἀεὶ γεινόμε|νον ἐξεταστήν· εἶναι δὲ αὐτὸν καὶ | ἀλειτούργητον καὶ ἀνείσφορον πά|σης εἰσφορᾶς, μετέχοντα τῶν ἐν τῶ[ι] || ἱερῶι κοινῶν πάντων· ἵνα δὲ καὶ οἱ ἀφι|κνούμενοι εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν ἐπιγινώσκω|σιν τὴν Σωκλείους προαίρεσιν καὶ φι|λαγαθίαν, ἣν εἴσχηκεν πρὸς τὸ θεῖον | εὐσέβειαν καὶ τοὺς θεραπευτὰς καὶ || τοὺς ἀπαντῶντας εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν εὐχα|ριστίαν, ἀναγράψαι τόδε τὸ ψήφισμα | εἰστήλην λευκοῦ λίθου καὶ ἀναθεῖναι | ἐν τῶι ἱερῶι τοῦ Σεράπιδος.

RICISSup 114/0203. Photo © Laurent Bricault 2005. Reproduced with permission.

RICISSup 114/0203.
Photo © Laurent Bricault 2005. Reproduced with permission.

Item added: July 3, 2013
Item modified: September 26, 2020
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