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Honors by Shippers and Ferrymen for Harbor Functionaries (27 BCE-14 CE) Chios - Northern islands

Chios (Northern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), 27 BCE-14 CE
Franz Studniczka, "Aus Chios," MDAI(A) 13 (1888) 160–201, at 169-70 (no. 10 a-b) = Louis Robert, "Trois inscriptions de l’Archipel," REG (1929) 20–38, at 35-37 = IErythrai 74 (B only) = PHI 246562 = AGRW ID# 10748
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1887


Monument of grey limestone (46 x 50 x 29 cm). A coin from the time of Augustus attests to an official by the name of Decimus (likely the same official as in B) at Chios (see notes to IErythrai 74).


During Demochares’ time as crown-bearer, the shippers (nauklēroi) and the . . . workers (ergastai; or: contractors, ergolaboi) (?). . .  of the harbor crown with a gold crown the protectors of foreigners (xenophylakes; i.e. civic magistrates that oversee toll-collecting [?]) who are in charge: Apollonides . . . son of Name . . ., Theodoros son of Philon, . . . and Sosigenes (?) son of Sosigenes, because of their . . . virtue.

B (lines 6-15 only)

The ferrymen (portheuontes) in Erythrai crown the protectors of foreigners who are in charge in the year of Decimus (i.e. the eponymous official): Aphrodisios son of Sarapion, Dionysios son of Seleukos, Parasios son of Heraiskos, because of his virtue towards them.

Translation by: Harland

A [ἐπὶ] πρυτάνεως [τοῦ] | [σ]τ̣εφανηφόρου Δ̣[ημο]|χάρους· οἱ ναύκληροι κ[αὶ οἱ] | ἐπὶ τοῦ λιμένος ἐργ[ασταὶ] {ἑργ[ολάβοι], Robert} || στεφανοῦσι ξενοφ[ύλακας] | τοὺς ἄρχοντας χρυ[σῶι στε]|φάνωι Ἀπολλωνίδην [․․c.7․․] | Θεόδωρον Φίλων[ος, Σωσι?]|γένην Σωσιγέν[ους ἀρετῆς] || ἕνεκεν.

B (lines 6-15 only)

οἱ πορθμεύοντες | εἰς Ἐρύθρας στεφα|νοῦσι τοὺς ξενοφύ|λακας τοὺς ἄρξαντας̣ | ἐν τῶι ἐπὶ Δέκμου ἐνι||αυτῶι Ἀφροδίσιον Σαρα|πίωνος, Διονύσιον Σε|λεύκου, Παράσιον Ἡρα|ΐσκου, ἀρετῆς ἕνεκεν | τ̣ῆς εἰς ἑατούς.

Facsimile from Studniczka 1888.
Public domain.

Item added: February 11, 2013
Item modified: March 18, 2021
ID number: 10748
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