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Honors by Palmyra for Shalamallat the Chief-Merchant (257/258 CE) Palmyra - Syria and Phoenicia

Palmyra (Syria and Phoenicia, Greater Syria and the East — Pleiades map), 257/258 CE
IPalmyra 74 = CIS 3936 = CIG 4486 = PHI 304885 = AGRW ID# 10331


Base of a column in the southern part of the grand colonnade, section B (52 x 60 cm). The chief-merchants (ἀρχεμπόροι) seem to be the later equivalent to the caravan chiefs (συνοδιάρχαι) attested in earlier inscriptions.

The Council . . . and the People (?) . . honored Julius Aurelius Shalamallat son of Male and grandson of Abdai, the chief-merchant (archemporos), who graciously brought the caravan back using his own resources.  This was done for the sake of honor in the 569th year.

(Palmyrene text follows)

Translation by: Harland

ἡ βουλ[ὴ καὶ ὁ δῆμος Ἰ]ούλιον | Αὐρήλιο[ν Σαλαμα]λλαθον | Μαλη [τοῦ Ἀβδαιου ἀ]ρχέμπορον | ἀνακομίσ[αντα τὴν συν]οδίαν || προῖκα ἐξ ἰδ[ίων] τειμῆς χάριν | ἔτους θξφʹ.

{Palmyrene text follows}

Item added: February 2, 2013
Item modified: February 2, 2013
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