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Honors (frag.) by Associations for the Priestess Nikassa (10 CE) Lindos on Rhodes - Southeastern islands

Lindos on Rhodes (Southeastern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), 10 CE
ILindos 394 = PHI 191120 = AGRW ID# 14996
Copenhagen Inventory info: 101


Rectangular base of Lartian marble (27.3 x 65 x 50 cm). Several groups and associations honored this priestess, including occupational groups of soldiers and farmers. The Grennadian group is attested much earlier as a "brotherhood" (phratria = patra in Doric) in an inscription of the fourth century BCE found at the place of sacrifice ("Boukopion") northeast of the acropolis: Γρενναδᾶν | Ἀθάνας Φρατρίας (ILindos 615).

. . . Priestess of Athena Lindia (“of Lindos”), Nikassa daughter of Myonides and (?) . . . wife of Lapheides son of Lapheides, . . . who has been honored by (?). . . the Lindians with a commendation and honors of every kind, . . . and by the the Ialysians and Kamirians (?) . . . with a commendation and honors of every kind. . .  She has also been honored (?) . . . by the Paphians with a gold crown, . . . as well as by the People (?). . . .   She has been honored by the fellow-priests (syniereis); . . . by the celebrators of the Panathenaia festival (Panathenaistai) (?) . . . who are soldiers (strateutai); by the members of the Grennadian brotherhood (patriōtaiphratriōtai) who are in the city of Lindos and those engaged in farming (geōrgeuontes) in Lindos with a gold crown; by the Damageteians (Damageteioi) with three gold crowns; and, by . . . the civic inspectors (mastroi ) (?) . . . during her priesthood.  The inhabitants . . . in Lindos city (?) . . .  honored their savior and benefactor on account of her virtue.  This is dedicated to the gods.

Translation by: Harland

[ἰερείαν Ἀθάνας Λινδίας Νίκασσαν Μυωνίδευς] | [γυναῖκ]α δὲ Λαφείδευς Λαφείδευ[ς] | [τειμαθεῖσαν ὑπ]ὸ Λινδίων ἐπαίνῳ καὶ πάσαις ταῖς τειμ[αῖς, καὶ ὑπὸ] | [Ἰαλυσίων καὶ Καμειρέων ἐ]παίνῳ {ν} καὶ πάσαις ταῖς τειμ[αῖς] | [— — — καὶ τειμα]θ[εῖ]σαν ὑπὸ Παφίων χρυσέῳ στεφάνῳ, || [καὶ ὑπὸ τ?]οῦ [δ]άμο[υ, κ]α̣ὶ τειμαθεῖσαν ὑπὸ τῶν συνιερέων, [καὶ ὑπὸ Παν]|[αθ]ηναϊστᾶν στρατευομένων, καὶ ὑπὸ Γρενναδᾶν πατ̣[ριωτᾶν τῶν ἐν] | [Λι]νδίᾳ πόλει καὶ γε<ωρ>γεύντων ἐν τᾷ Λινδίᾳ χρυσέῳ σ[τεφά]|[ν]ῳ, καὶ ὑπὸ Δ[αμα]γητείων χρυσέοις στεφάνοις τρίς, [καὶ] | [ὑ]πὸ [μαστρ?]ῶν ἐν τᾷ ἰερατείᾳ αὐτᾶς· τοὶ κατοικεῦντες ἐ[ν] || [Λινδίᾳ πόλει] σωτῆρα καὶ εὐεργέτιν ἀρετᾶς ἕνεκα. | vac. | θεοῖς.

Item added: March 10, 2015
Item modified: February 23, 2021
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