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Honors by Sarapiasts for Epameinon (III-II BCE) Ioulis on Keos - Southwestern islands

Ioulis on Keos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), III-II BCE
IG XII,5 606 = RICIS 202/0801 = Foucart 1873, 222-223 (no. 42) = PHI 77841 = AGRW ID# 17869
Copenhagen Inventory info: 50


Base of white stone found in the destroyed church of St. Matrona and, subsequently, in the house of the priest Protopappa.

The devotees of Sarapis (Sarapiastai) resolved: Since Epameinon son of Somenos, being a good and benevolent man who also continues to display love of honor in relation to the society (thiasos), contributed the necessary money–interest-free (atokos) money–for the purchase of wood for the society.  Therefore, so that we may have honor-loving men eager to cover the rest, the devotees of Sarapis resolved to praise Epameinon son of Somenos on account of his virtue and his love of honor which he continues to have in relation to the society; to crown him with an olive crown; and, to proclaim the crown during the Isideian celebrations (i.e. for the goddess Isis).

Translation by: Harland

ἔδοξεν τοῖς Σαραπιασταῖς· | ἐπειδὴ Ἐπαμείνων Σωμένου | ἀνὴρ καλὸς κἀγαθὸς ὢν διατε|λεῖ περὶ τὸν θίασον καὶ φιλότι||μος, χρείας τε γενομένης ἀργυ|ρίου εἰς ξυλωνίαν τῶι θιάσωι προ|εισήνεγκε τὸ ἀργύριον ἄτοκον· [ὅ]|πως οὖν ἔχωμεν καὶ εἰς τὸ λοιπὸν | ἀνδράσιν φιλοτίμοις χρᾶσθαι, δε||δόχθαι τοῖς Σαραπιασταῖς ἐπαινέ|σαι Ἐπαμείνονα Σωμένου ἀρετῆς | ἕνεκεν καὶ φιλοτιμίας, ἣν ἔχων δια|τελεῖ περὶ τὸν θίασον, καὶ στεφανῶ|σαι αὐτὸν θαλλοῦ στεφάνωι, καὶ ἀ||νακηρῦξαι τὸν στέφανον τοῖς | Εἰσιδείοις.

Item added: November 6, 2015
Item modified: December 18, 2020
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