Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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Honors by Athenians and Resident Romans for Epigenes (166-125 BCE) Delos - Southwestern islands

Delos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), 166-125 BCE
IDelos 1643 = T. Homolle, "Dédicaces déliennes," BCH 4 (1880) 210–224, at 220 (no. 12) = PHI 64082 = AGRW ID# 21096


Statue base of white marble found some metres to the south of the gateway of the temple (125 x 69 x 55 cm). In the Delos Museum in 1937 (inv. Ε 186). These groups may be temporary formations for the purpose of providing honors, rather than ongoing associations with clear organizations. However, we do know that immigrants (esp. Romans), merchants, and shippers did regularly form more permanent associations on Delos and elsewhere, so this is also a possibility with some of these groups here.

The Athenian settlers (hoi katoikountes) on Delos and the resident (hoi parepidēmountes) Romans honored Epigenes son of Dios from Melite subdivision, who was supervisor of Delos, because of his virtue and righteousness.  This was dedicated to Apollo.  Hephaistion son of Myron from Athens made this.

Translation by: Harland

[Ἀθ]η̣ναίων οἱ κατοικοῦντες ἐν Δήλωι | κ̣αὶ Ῥωμαίων οἱ παρεπιδημοῦντες | Ἐπιγένην v Δίου v Μελιτέα, | ἐπιμελητὴν γενόμενον Δήλου, || ἀρετῆς ἕνεκεν καὶ δικαιοσύνης | Ἀπόλλωνι. | Ἡφαιστίων Μύρωνος Ἀθηναῖος ἐποίει.

Item added: January 4, 2016
Item modified: February 19, 2016
ID number: 21096
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