Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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Honors (frag.) by Sabaziasts for Ariston of Syracuse (100 BCE) Rhodos on Rhodes - Southeastern islands

Rhodos on Rhodes (Southeastern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), 100 BCE
Vassa Kontorini, Inscriptions inédites relatives à l’histoire et aux cultes de Rhodes au IIe et au Ier S. Av. J.-C.: Rhodiaka I (Louvain-la-Neuve: Institut Supèrieur d’Archéologie et d’Histoire de l’Art Collège Érasme, 1983), 73-74 (no. 8) = CCIS II 46 = SEG 33 (1983), no. 639 and SEG 37 (1987), no. 700 = PHI 192683 = AGRW ID# 14868
Copenhagen Inventory info: 2111


Slab of white marble found in 1963 in what appears to be a funerary complex of the Sabazios devotees (36 x 33.6 x 36.5 cm). This group of devotees of Sabazios honor a man who had taken care of the association's communal tombs.

. . . (beginning of decree missing) . . . he frequently supplies for communal matters.  For this reason, in order that the association (koinon) of Sabazios-devotees (Sabaziastai) may demonstrate appropriate thanks, giving back to their chosen benefactors, and many may take the same course of action, observing the thanksgiving by our group to Ariston in ratiyfing this decree, it was resolved by the association of Sabaziasts to praise and to crown perpetually Ariston of Syracuse with an olive crown on account of his virtue and his care concerning the tombs (taphoi).  Let the monthly-officers (epimēnioi) or the superintendent (epistatēs) take responsibility for making the proclamation in the banqueting hall (andrōn) each year. . . (remainder largely lost, but there is mention of the association and a crown).

Translation by: Harland

[— — —] | [— — —]ν παρέχεται οὐθέ|να καιρὸν διαλείπων ἕνεκεν τῶν κοινῶν | πραγμάτων· ὅπως οὖν καὶ τὸ κοινὸν τὸ | Σαβαζιαστᾶν φαίνηται καταξίας χάρι||τας ἀποδίδον τοῖς εὐεργετεῖν αὐτὸ προ|αιρουμένοις καὶ πολλοὶ τὴν αὐτὴν αἵρε|σιν ἔχωσιν vac. Ἀρίστωνι θεωροῦντες τὴν πα|ρὰ τοῦ πλήθους εὐχαριστίαν vac κυρωθέν|τος τοῦδε τοῦ ψηφίσματος, τύχηι ἀγαθῆι, || δεδόχθαι Σαβαζιαστᾶν τῶι κοινῶι ἐπαινέ|σαι καὶ στεφανῶσαι εἰς τὸν ἀεὶ χρόνον | Ἀρίστωνα Συρακόσιον θαλλίνωι στεφάνωι | ἀρετῆς ἕνεκεν καὶ ἐπιμελείας τῆς περὶ | τοὺς τάφους v οἱ δὲ ἐπιμήνιοι ἢ ὁ ἐπιστάτας || οἱ ἀεὶ λειτουργοῦντες τὴν ἀνακήρυξιν τήν̣|δε ποιείσθωσαν μετὰ τὴν ἐν τῶι ἀνδρῶνι | καθ’ ἕκασ̣τον ἐνιαυτὸν Ο[— — — νεκυ]-|σίοις ἐπάναγκες, μὴ πλέ̣[ον λογισάμενοι τῶι] | κοινῶι εἰς τὸν στέφα̣[νον δραχμᾶν — — —] || [— — —]

Item added: March 13, 2015
Item modified: February 23, 2021
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