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Honors by Sarapiasts for Leaders (215/214 BCE) Athens or the Piraeus (?) - Attica

Athens or the Piraeus (?) (Attica, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), 215/214 BCE
GRA I 26 = IG II² 1292 = RICIS 101/0201 = PHI 3506 = AGRW ID# 3856
Copenhagen Inventory info: 351


Slab of marble damaged on all but the left side (35.5 x 29.2 x 60 cm; letter height: 0.4 cm; non-stoichedon: 35-40 letters). Now in the British Museum (inv. 21).

In the year that Diokles was leader (archon) . . . . . . .made the motion: Whereas Zopyros the treasurer of the devotees of Sarapis, Theophanes the secretary (grammateus), and Olympichos the supervisor (epimelētēs) have frequently shown themselves to be irreproachable and in their management have rendered accounts honestly concerning all the things that they have administered in accordance with the law; and being appointed during the leadership (archonship) of Hagnias they continued to act worthy of their own nobility.  For good fortune, the Sarapiasts (Sarapiastai) resolved to commend them and to crown them with an olive wreath with a bandelette in the temple when the Sarapiasts should next sacrifice; and that the sacrifice makers (hieropoioi) are to announce publicly their names at each sacrifice after the ceremony; and that if they should not announce them or if they should not crown them, each shall pay fifty (?) drachmas sacred to the Sarapiasts, so that there might be rivalry among those who are ambitious in respect to the members, knowing that they will be honored in a way that is appropriate; and that those who are ambitious for honor with respect to the other members shall receive some other goodly recognition from the association of the Sarapiasts.  And it was resolved to also commend and to crown the female president of the contributors (proeranistria) Nikippe, because she offered the sacrifices at their appointed times. And it was resolved to inscribe this decree on a monument (stele) and to set it up at the sanctuary of Sarapis (Sarapieion).  And let the treasurer Zopyros  use money from the treasury to pay for the expenses that arise.

Translation by: Kloppenborg

[․ ․ ․ c.11․ ․ ․ ․]οσ ․ ․ ια[․ ․c.7․ ․]ια[ — — — ] | [ἐπει]δὴ ὁ ταμίας τῶν Σαραπιαστῶ[ν Ζώπυρος] | [καὶ ὁ] γραμματεὺς Θεοφάνης καὶ ὁ ἐ[πιμελη]|[τὴς] Ὀλύμπιχος [ἀ]νεγκλήτους ἑαυτο[ὺς παρε]||[σκε]υάκασιν πλεονάκις μὲν καὶ πρόσ[θεν κατασταθ]|[έντες] ἐν ταῖς [ἐπ]ιμελείαις [τα]ύταις [καὶ τὰς] εὐ|[θύνας] δεδώκα[σιν] περὶ [πάντ]ων παρὰ τὸν [εὔθυνον], | [κατασ]ταθέντ[ες] δὲ καὶ ἐπὶ Ἁγνίου ἄρχον[τος] | [δίκα]ιοι? καὶ [ ․ ]σ[ ․ ]εν[ ․ ]α[ ․ ․ ] ἐνιαυτὸν [ — — — ] || [ . . . . . ] δεδόχθαι τοῖς [Σαρα]πιασταῖς ἐ[παιν]|[έσαι α]ὐτοὺς καὶ [σ]τεφ[ανῶσ]αι θαλλοῦ [στεφάνωι] | [σὺν τ]αινιδίωι ὅταν πρ[ῶ]το[ν] θύωσιν ο[ἱ Σαραπι]|[αστ]αὶ καὶ ἀναγορεύειν [αὐ]τῶν τὰ ὀν[όματα] | [τ]οὺς ἱεροποιοὺς ἀεὶ κα[θ’ ἑ]κάστην θ[υσίαν με]||[τ]ὰ τὰ ἱερά· ἐὰν δὲ μὴ ἀναγορεύσωσ[ιν ἢ μὴ στε]|[φα]νώσωσι, ἀποτεισάτω ἕκαστος αὐ[τῶν — —] | [δ]ραχμὰς ἱερὰς τοῖς Σαραπιασταῖς, [ὅπως ἂν] | [ἐ]φάμιλλον ἦι τοῖ[ς εἰς] αὐτοὺ[ς] φιλ[οτιμου]|[μ]ένοις <εἰδόσιν> ὅτι τιμηθήσονται καταξίω[ς· εἶναι] || [δ]ὲ αὐτοῖς καὶ εἰς τὸ λοιπὸν φιλοτιμ[ουμέ]|[ν]οις εὑρέσθαί τι ἄλλο ἀγαθὸν π[αρ]ὰ το[ῦ κοινοῦ] | [τ]ῶν Σαραπιαστῶν· v ἐπαινέσαι δὲ κα[ὶ στεφα]|[ν]ῶσαι καὶ τὴν [π]ροεραν[ίσ]τριαν Ν[ι]κί[ππην ὅτι] | [ἔ]θυσε τὰς θυσίας ἐν το[ῖς] χρόνοις το[ῖς τεταγ]||[μ]ένοις. v ἀναγράψαι δὲ τόδε τὸ ψή[φι]σ[μα ἐν στή]|λει λιθίνηι καὶ ἀναθεῖναι εἰς τὸ [ — — — ] | [τὸ] δὲ γενόμενον εἰς ταῦτα ἀνάλω[μα μερίσαι ἐκ] | [τ]οῦ κοινοῦ τὸν ταμίαν Ζώπ[υ]ρον.

(column 1, line 29) [προ]ερανίστρια || Ν[ι]κίππη | ταμία[ς] | Ζώπυρος | [γ]ρα[μμα]τεὺς | [Θεοφάνης]

(column 2, line 29) Σέλευκος || Δωρί[ω]ν | Εὐβ̣ουλίδ(ης) | Ἀντ[ — — — ] | Ξε[ν — — —] | [— — — ]

RICIS 101/0201.Photo © Laurent Bricault 2005. Reproduced with permission.

RICIS 101/0201.
Photo © Laurent Bricault 2005. Reproduced with permission.

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