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Honors (frag.) by a Society for Ariston (ca. 15 CE) Kallatis - Scythia and Moesia

Kallatis (Scythia and Moesia, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), just after 15 CE
IKallatis 45 = Avram 1998, 122 = Avram 2015, 126-127 = SEG 27 (1977), no. 384 = PHI 173613 = AGRW ID# 14469
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1186


Slab of marble (34 x 42.5 x 8.5 cm; letter height: 0.8-1.2 cm). Earlier I had misinterpreted this inscription as a reference to a fictive "father" when, in fact, the inscription refers to the various positions and contributions of Ariston's actual father (see Harland 2007, 69-70, and the correction by Avram 2015, 127).


This was resolved by the society-members who are gathered around Philon son of Diokouridas.  Philon, the priest of the Bacchic (i.e. Dionysiac) society, proposed: Since Ariston son of Ariston–whose father was a benefactor, a founder of the city (polis) for a second time, and an honorary member of our society–himself displays that he possesses the same inclination, being in line with his glory-loving father, saving the city on every occasion from the troubles that happened to it, and the citizens. . . (remainder lost).

Translation by: Harland

Ἀρίστωνος. | ἔδοξε τοῖς θιασείταις τοῖς περὶ | Φίλωνα Διοσκουρίδα· τοῦ βακχικοῦ θι|άσου ὁ ἱερεὺς Φίλων εἶπεν· ἐπειδὴ Ἀρίσ||των Ἀρίστωνος, πατρὸς ἐὼν εὐεργέτα | καὶ δεύτερον γενομένου μὲν κτί|στα τᾶς πόλιος, φιλοτείμου δὲ τοῦ | θιάσου ἁμῶν, καὶ αὐτὸς φαίνε|ται τὰν αὐτὰν ἔχων αἵρεσιν, || στοιχῶν τᾷ τοῦ πατρὸς φιλοδο|ξίᾳ, τάν τε πόλιν σῴζων ἐν παντὶ | καιρῷ ἐκ τῶν συνβαινόντων αὐ|τᾷ πραγμάτων, τούς τε πολεί|[τας ․․․]ΟΛΛ․․․ΚΑΙ․ΝΔΙ[— —] || [— — —]

Item added: September 15, 2013
Item modified: October 1, 2020
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