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Honors (frag.) by Asklepiasts and Aphrodisiasts for Benefactors (II BCE) Rhodos on Rhodes - Southeastern islands

Rhodos on Rhodes (Southeastern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), II BCE
F. Hiller von Gärtringen and S. Saridakis, "Inschriften aus Rhodos," MDAI(A) 25 (1900) 109 (no. 108) = PHI 192447 = AGRW ID# 14988
Copenhagen Inventory info: 2026


Damaged stone later reused for a Hebrew grave inscription (63 x 32 x 75 cm). The association devoted to Asklepios and the Olympians was founded by a man named Nikasion. This group may be identified with the immigrant association founded by Nikasion of Kyzikos found on a list of victors in an association's contests (see IG XII,1 127 = AGRW 257 on this site). If this identification is accepted, then our present inscription likely comes from the same era (II BCE).

. . . (missing opening line(s) with missing names)  . . . Eustrata, Methymnian (i.e. from Lesbos), and Ariadne, her . . .  cousin, have been honored (?) . . . in the meetings (synodoi) and in the other . . . yearly festive gatherings for piety (?) . . . on account of virtue, goodwill, and love of glory . . . which they continue to have towards (?) the association of Nikasioneian devotees of Asklepios (Asklepiastai) and the Olympians (Olympiastai).  They have also been honored (?) . . .  by the association (?) of devotees of the Samothracian deities and Aphrodite (Samothrakiastai Aphrodisiastai) . . . (remaining eight lines largely illegible) . . .

Translation by: Harland

{missing opening lines} χευς, Εὐστράτα Μεθυμναία {Μ<η>θυμναία} {Μ<α>θυμναία} καὶ Ἀριάδνη τὰν ἀ[νεψιάν, τιμαθεῖσαν μὲν] | ἐν ταῖς συνόδοις καὶ ἐν ταῖς ἄλλαις καθ’ [ἕτος παναγύρεσι(?) εὐσεβείας] | καὶ ἀρετᾶς ἕνεκα καὶ εὐνοίας καὶ φιλοδοξίας [ἃς ἔχουσα διατελεῖ ἐς τὸ] | Ἀσκλαπιαστᾶν Νικασιωνείων Ὀλυμπιαστᾶν [κοινόν, τιμαθεῖσαν δὲ] | καὶ ὑπὸ Σαμοθρᾳκιαστᾶν Ἀφροδι<σια>στᾶν [κοινοῦ — — —] || {two missing lines} | συνθυτᾶν [— — —] | {two missing lines} | εὐεργεσίας [τᾶς ἐς <τὰν> πάτρα]ν τὰν Ἐρατιδᾶν [— — —] || [τιμαθεῖσαν δὲ καὶ] χρυσέωι στεφάνωι καὶ [εἰκόνι(?) — — —]

Item added: March 10, 2015
Item modified: February 23, 2021
ID number: 14988
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