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Honors by Sacrificing Associates of Bendis for a Supervisor (ca. 190 BCE) Piraeus - Attica

Piraeus (Attica, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), ca. 190 BCE
GRA I 32 = IG II² 1324 = PHI 3540 = AGRW ID# 3929
Copenhagen Inventory info: 230


Once dated to the late fourth or early third century BCE, this inscription now seems to be much later (84 x 28 x 12 cm; non-stoichedon: 23-28 letters).

Whereas Stephanos became supervisor (epimelētēs) for one year during the leadership (archonship) of . . .  and managed the repairs to the temple as were appropriate, and led a procession worthy of the goddess, being ambitious in all these things and making expenditures from his own funds.  And since in the other matters that were his duty during the year he administered matters honorably and in a seemly fashion.  In order that the sacrificing associates (orgeōnes) might be seen to have rendered thanks appropriate to those who, at any time, have been ambitious towards the association – for good fortune – be it resolved by the sacrificing associates of Bendis and Deloptes and the other gods to commend Stephanos for the zeal that he has shown towards the sacrificing associates and to crown him with an olive wreath, so that there may be rivalry among all the other sacrificing associates who wish to show piety towards the gods and zeal towards the sacrificing associates, knowing that they will receive appropriate thanks from the sacrificing associates.  Further, it is resolved that a place for a statue be given to him in the temple, wherever seems to be appropriate and that the secretary shall inscribe this decree on a monument (stele) and place it beside the statue, and that the treasurer pay for the expenses of making and inscribing it.

The sacrificing associates honored Stephanos.

Translation by: Kloppenborg

[ἐπειδὴ Στέφανος ἐπιμελητὴς] | [γενόμενος τὸν ἐν]ιαυτ[ὸν τὸν ἐπὶ] | [— — — ἄρχ]οντος [τῆς τοῦ] | [ἱερο]ῦ ἐπισκε[υῆς π]ρ̣οέ̣σ[τηκε κα]||[θάπε]ρ προσῆκ[ο]ν ἦν, ἔπεμψε [δὲ] | [καὶ] τὴν πομπὴν ἀξίως τῆς θε[οῦ] | [φ]ιλοτιμηθεὶς ἐμ πᾶσι τούτοις κ[αὶ] | προσαναλώσας ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων, καὶ τ[ῶ]|ν λοιπῶν δὲ ὧν καθῆκεν ἐν τῶι ἐν[ι]||αυτῶι ἐπεμελήθη καλῶς καὶ εὐσχη|μόνως· ὅπως ἂν οὖν καὶ οἱ ὀργεῶνες | φαίνωνται χάριτας ἀξίας ἀποδιδόν|τες τοῖς ἀεὶ φιλοτιμουμένοις, | ἀγαθεῖ τύχει δεδόχθαι τοῖς ὀργε||ῶσιν ἐπαινέσαι Στέφανον τῆς τε | πρὸς τὴν Βένδιν καὶ τὸν Δηλόπτη|ν καὶ τοὺς ἄλλους θεοὺς εὐσεβείας | ἕνεκεν καὶ τῆς πρὸς τοὺς ὀργεῶ- |νας φιλοτιμίας στεφανῶσαι αὐ||τὸν θαλλοῦ στεφάνωι, ἵνα καὶ τοῖς | λοιποῖς τῶν ὀργεώνων ἅπασιν ἐ|φάμιλλον εἶ τοῖς βουλομένοις πρ|ὸς τοὺς θεοὺς εὐσεβεῖν καὶ πρὸς | τοὺς ὀργεῶνας φιλοτιμεῖσθαι, εἰ||δότας ὅτι καταξίας χάριτας κομι|οῦνται παρὰ τῶν ὀργεώνων· δεδόσ|θαι δὲ αὐτῶι καὶ ἀναθή̣ματι τόπον | ἐν τῶι ἱερῶι οὗ ἂν εὔσχημον εἶναι | φαίνηται. ἀναγράψαι δὲ τόδε τὸ ψή||φισμα εἰς στήλην λιθίνην τὸν γρα|μματέα καὶ στῆσαι παρὰ τὸ ἀνάθη̣μα, | εἰς δὲ τὴν πόησιν καὶ τὴν ἀναγρα|φὴν μερίσαι τὸν ταμίαν τὸ γενόμε|νον ἀνάλωμα. || οἱ ὀργεῶνες | Στέφανον.

Item added: October 15, 2012
Item modified: April 6, 2020
ID number: 3929
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