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Honors by Herakleists and Others for a Naval Commander (100-50 BCE) Lindos on Rhodes - Southeastern islands

Lindos on Rhodes (Southeastern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), II-I BCE
IRhodJ 48 (link) = PHI 190502 = AGRW ID# 15138


Fragment of a slab of grey marble in the museum at Rhodes (47 x 37 cm). These honors for a civic and naval leader (whose name is missing) include crowns offered by several groups, including farmers, an association founded by Nikatorides (or Nikatoridas), and an association of Herakles devotees consisting of a naval detachment of ten. The monument is also dedicated to the deities Demeter and Zeus.

. . . Name . . . has served in the navy in unfortified and fortified ships, has been commander over everything, has provided for the chorus in the city during the great festival for Helios (Halieia), has been superintendent (?) of the Lindians, has held the position of sacrificer, and has been priest (?) of Pythian Apollo.  When Aleximbrotis was priest, he (i.e. the unnamed honoree) has been crowned by the priest of Athena Lindia (“of Lindos”). . . and of  Zeus (?) . . . Polieus (“of the City”), by the fellow-priests, by the . . . chief-sacrificer (?) . . . and by the sacrificers with a gold crown.  He has also been crowned . . .  by the settlers in the city of Lindos and by those . . .  farming (geōrgeuntes) in Lindos with a gold crown. . . . He has also been crowned by the . . . Nikatorideian association of . . . Deity-devotees (?) with a gold crown . . . and by the celebrators of the Panathenai festival (?) . . . Herakles-devotees  (Herakleistai), consisting of a naval detachment of ten, with a gold crown.  This was dedicated to . . . Demeter (?) . . . and to Zeus Karpophoroi (“Fruit Bringers”).

Translation by: Harland

[ὁ δεῖνα — — —]άρχου σ[τρ]ατευσάμενος | [ἐν τοῖς ἀφράκ]τ̣οις καὶ ἐν ταῖς καταφράκτοις ναυσὶ | [στρα]ταγήσας ἐκ πάντων καὶ | [χοραγή?]σας ἐν τῶι ἄστει κατὰ μεγάλα Ἁλίεια | [ἐπιστάτ?]ας γενόμενος Λινδίων καὶ ἱεροθυτήσας || [․․․․․․]ας | vac. [ἱερατ]εύσας Ἀπόλλωνος Πυθαέως | [ἐπὶ ἱ]ερέως Ἀλεξιμβροτίδα | [στεφαν]ωθεὶς ὑπό τε τοῦ ἱερέως τᾶς Ἀθάνας Λινδίας | [καὶ τοῦ Διὸς] τοῦ Πολιέως καὶ τῶν συνιερέων καὶ τοῦ || [ἀρχιεροθύτ]α καὶ τῶν ἱεροθυτᾶν χρυσέωι στεφάνωι | [καὶ ὑπὸ τῶν κ]ατοικεύντων ἐν Λινδίαι πόλει καὶ ὑπὸ τῶν | [γεωργεύν]των ἐν τᾶι Λινδίαι χρυσέωι στεφάνωι | [καὶ ὑπὸ — —]σιαστᾶν Νικατοριδείων κοινοῦ χρυσέωι στεφάνωι | [καὶ ὑπὸ Παναθ]ηναϊστᾶν Ἡρακλεϊστᾶν δεκάδος χρυσέωι στεφάνωι || [Δήμητ]ρι καὶ Διὶ Καρποφόροις.

Photo from Jacopi 1933, no. 48.

Item added: March 6, 2015
Item modified: March 16, 2015
ID number: 15138
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