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Honors by Romans, Greeks, Merchants, and Shippers for Aropos (ca. 96/5 BCE) Delos - Southwestern islands

Delos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), ca. 96/95 BCE
IDelos 1657 = PHI 64096 = AGRW ID# 21167


Base of white marble (110 x 68 x 60 cm). Found in the masonry of a wall in the baths of the Tetragonian agora (inv. Ε 299). 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, Roman, and other Greek settlers (katoikountes) and residents (parepidēmountes) on Delos and the merchants (emporoi) and shippers (nauklēroi) who sail into the trading-station (emporion) set this up for Aropos son of Leon from Azenia subdivision, who was supervisor on Delos, on account of his virtue, righteousness, and piety.  This was dedicated to Apollo, Artemis, and Leto.

Agasias son of Menophilos, Ephesian, made this.

Translation by: Harland

Ἀθηναίων καὶ Ῥωμαίων καὶ | τῶν ἄλλων Ἑλλήνων οἱ κα|τοικοῦντες ἐν Δήλωι καὶ οἱ ἔμ|ποροι καὶ ναύκληροι οἱ κατα||πλέοντες εἰς τὸ ἐμπόριον | Ἄροπον Λέοντος Ἀζηνιέα, | ἐπιμελητὴν γενόμενον Δήλου, | ἀρετῆς ἕνεκεν καὶ δικαιοσύ|νης καὶ εὐσεβείας, || Ἀπόλλωνι, Ἀρτέμιδι, Λητοῖ. | Ἀγασίας Μηνοφίλου Ἐφέσιος ἐπόει.

Item added: January 5, 2016
Item modified: January 5, 2016
ID number: 21167
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