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Honors by the Dyers for a Superintendent (II-III CE) Thyatira - Lydia

Thyatira (Lydia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), II-III CE
TAM V 991 = Paul-François Foucart, "Exploration de la plaine de l’Hermus par M. Aristote Fontrier," BCH 11 (1887) 79–107 = PHI 264422 = AGRW ID# 2817
Copenhagen Inventory info: 377


Base of marble (123 x 57.5 x 55 cm), found in the village of Meder (Medar).

To good fortune! The dyers (bapheis) honored Marcus son of Menandros, an honor–loving man and contributor to public service, who has served as supervisor of the ἔργον (ergon) of the dyers often and on behalf of his children, as commander, as overseer of the market, as purchaser of the grain, as secretary of the Council of the People (dēmos), as record–keeper, as supplier of oil for the Board of Ten, as superintendent of works relating to the Erotes (i.e. gods of Love) that are in the one–hundred column structure and also in the meeting–place (10) of the elders (gerousia) … the bridge over the aqueduct at the Lykos river … supervisor of the envoys to festivals, twice vice–president of the Council of the People, and in many other things he has been useful to the homeland.

Translation by: Harland

ἀγαθῆι τύχη[ι]. ǀ [ο]ἱ βαφεῖς ἐτείμησα̣[ν] ǀ [Μ]ᾶρκον Μενάνδρου, [ἄν]ǀδρα φιλότειμον καὶ λε[ι]ǀǀτ̣ουργόν, ἐπιμεληθένǀτα τοῦ τῶν βαφέων ἔργου ǀ πολλάκις καὶ ὑπὲρ τῶν τέǀ[κ]νων, στρατηγόν, ἀγορανόǀ[μ]ον, σειτώνην, γραμματῆ ǀǀ [β]ουλῆς δήμου, γραμματοφύǀ[λ]ακα, δεκάπρωτον ἐλέῳ ǀ ․․ ἀλείψαντα, ἐργεπιστάǀ[τη]ν Ἐρώτων τῶν ἐν τῷ Ἑκαǀ[το]νταστύλῳ κεʹ καὶ οἰκοβ[α]ǀǀ[σ]ι̣λικοῦ τοῦ τῆς γερουσίας ǀ κ̣αὶ παρατειχίσματος ὑδραǀγ̣ωγίου ἐν τῷ Λύκῳ ποταμῷ ǀ [[— — —]] [ἐ]πιμελητὴν θεωριῶν, ἀντάρǀǀχ̣οντα βουλῆς δήμου βʹ καὶ ǀ ἐ̣ν ἑτέροις πλείοσιν χρήσιμον ǀ γεγονότα τῇ πατρίδι.

TAM V 991: Facsimile by Foucart 1887, 100.
Public domain.


Item added: September 5, 2012
Item modified: October 18, 2020
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