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Honors by the Initiates of Dionysos Kallon for Soterichos and Semnos (50-100 CE) Byzantion - Thrace

Byzantion (Thrace, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), 50-100 CE
IByzantion 32 = SEG 18 (1962), no. 283 = PHI 170873 = AGRW ID# 13955
Copenhagen Inventory info: 315


Slab of white marble found in Rhegion, now in the Istanbul archeological museum (inv. no. 4800; 101 x 70 x 8 cm). Crowns, palm branches and a vessel for oil are depicted in relief.

When the goddess Demeter was official of the sacred (i.e. eponymous official of Byzantion) and Dionysios son of Dionysios was her sacrificing official and high-priest for the twenty-first time–twenty of which were paid from his own resources,  the initiates (mystai) of Dionysos Kallon honored Soterichos son of Ariston and Semnos, slave (or: freedman) of Lollia Katylle, who have served as financial examiners (euthynoi; or: judges) in an extravagant manner and who have served as gymnasium-directors and contest-directors from their own resources.  This was done as a thanksgiving.

Translation by: Harland

[ἱ]ερομναμονο[ύσ]ης θεᾶς Δήμη[τρ]ος, ἱεροποιοῦ δὲ | αὐτῆς καὶ ἀρχιερέο[ς] τὸ ακʹ, ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων τὸ κʹ, Διονυ|σίου [τ]οῦ Διονυσίου | οἱ μύσστ[αι] {μύσται} Διονύσου Κάλλωνος ἐτίμησαν || Σωτήριχον Ἀρίστωνος καὶ Σέμνον Λολλίας | Κατύλλης εὐθυνήσαντας λανπρῶς καὶ γυ|[μ]νασιαρχήσαντας καὶ ἀγωνοθετήσαντας | ἐκκ τῶν ἰδί[ων, εὐχαρισ]τίας χά[ριν].

Item added: July 2, 2013
Item modified: September 26, 2020
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