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Honors by Sacrificing Associates for their Priestess Onaso (after 71 BCE) Piraeus - Attica

Piraeus (Attica, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), after 71 BCE
GRA I 45 = IG II² 1334 = PHI 3550 = AGRW ID# 3952
Copenhagen Inventory info: 361


Slab (stele) of Pentelic marble (18 x 14 x 5.4 cm; letter height: 0.5 cm). Found on Melos but carved in stone from the Piraeus.

In the year that . . . Name was leader (archon), in the month of Mounichion, at the regular assembly (agora): the sacrificing associates (orgeōnes) approved the motion that . . . Name proposed: Whereas Onaso, daughter of Theon – who had earlier been chosen as priestess in the year that . . . Name was leader (archon) and likewise was chosen again in the year that Zenion was leader (archon) –  carried out her priesthood in an honorable and pious manner, providing for decorous behavior around the temple and being ambitious in regard to the other things that pertained to the goddess.  She performed the appropriate sacrifices, conducting herself towards all the sacrificing associates without causing offense.  Therefore, in order that the sacrificing associates should also be seen as rendering appropriate thanks to any who are ambitious by being chosen priestesses for the goddess, it seemed good to the association (koinon) of sacrificing associates to commend the priestess Onaso and to crown her with an olive wreath on account of the excellence and piety that she has shown with regard to the goddess and the zeal she has towards the sacrificing associates.  And it was resolved that they should also set up an image of her in the sanctuary and crown it at each sacrifice. Also, subsequently. . . .

Translation by: Kloppenborg

[ἐπὶ — — — ἄρχο]ντος· Μου[νιχιῶνος ἀγορᾶι] | [κυρίαι· ἔδοξεν τοῖς ὀ]ργεῶσιν· ἐ[ — — — ] | [— — — εἶπεν]· ἐπειδὴ Ὀν[α]σ[ὼ] Θ̣έ̣[ωνος? πρό]|[τερον μὲν ἱέρεια λα]χοῦσα εἰς τὸν ἐνιαυτὸν τὸν || [ἐπὶ — — — ἄρχον]τος v ὁμοίως δὲ κ[αὶ] πάλιν | [λαχοῦσα εἰς τὸν ἐπὶ] Ζηνίωνος ἄρχοντος ἐνιαυτὸν̣ | [καλῶς καὶ εὐσεβῶς τὴ]ν ἱερωσύνην διεξήγαγεν προ|[νοουμένη τῆς περὶ τὸ ἱε]ρὸν εὐκοσμίας καὶ τὰ λοιπὰ ἐ|[φιλοτιμήθη ὅσα καθῆ]κον ἦν τεῖ θεῶι, ἔθυσεν δὲ καὶ || [τὰς καθηκούσας θυσίας] ἀλύπως τε πρὸς πάντας ἀν|[εστράφη τοὺς ὀργεῶνας]· ἵνα οὖν καὶ οἱ ὀργεῶνες φα|[ίνωνται τὴν ἀξίαν χάριν] ἀποδιδόντες ταῖς φιλοτ|[ιμουμέναις τῶν λαγχανο]υσῶν ἱερειῶν εἰς τὴν | [θεόν, δεδόχθαι τῶι κοινῶι τῶν ὀρ]γεώνων, ἐπαινέσαι τὴν || [ἱέρειαν Ὀνασὼ καὶ στεφα]νῶσαι θαλλοῦ στεφά|[νωι ἀρετῆς ἕνεκα καὶ εὐσεβεία]ς <τῆς> εἰς τὴν θεὸν καὶ φιλο|[τιμίας τῆς εἰς τοὺς ὀργεῶνας· ἀ]ναθεῖναι δὲ αὐτῆς καὶ ε|[ἰκόνα ἐν τῶι ναῶι, στεφαν]οῦν δὲ αὐτὴν καθ’ [ἑκάστ]|[ην θυσίαν — — — καὶ] εἰς τὸν ἔπ[ειτα χρόνον —] || [ — — — ]

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