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Invitation to the Corporate Body of Women (undated) Stratonikeia area [Panamara] - Caria

Stratonikeia area [Panamara] (Caria, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), undated
IStratonikeia 149 = Georges Cousin and Gaston Deschamps, "Inscriptions du Temple de Zeus Panamaros," BCH 15 (1891) 169–209, at 181-182 (no. 123) = PHI 261768 = AGRW ID# 12759


Monument broken on the right side and found in the area of the temple of Zeus Panamaros. The nature of this corporate body (politeuma) of women is not certain. It may be a board of women officially involved in the festival for Hera on a regular basis. It may represent the wives of male citizens, corresponding to the institution of the People. It may also be an ongoing association of women. See also IStratonikeia 74, 352, 666 (Lagina). For further discussion of these politeumata, see Lüderitz 1994.

The priest during the celebrations for Hera (Heraia), Menippos son of Leon and adopted son of Hierokles of Lobolda district, and the priestess Papiaina daughter of Menestheus invited the corporate body (politeuma) of women (gynaikes).

Translation by: Harland

ἱερεὺς ἐν Ἡρ[αίοις] | Μένιππος Λέοντος [καθ’ ὑ]|οθεσίαν δὲ Εἱεροκλέο[υς Λο(βολδεύς),] | ἱέρηα Παπίαινα Μενεσθέως || ἐκάλεσεν δὲ καὶ τὸ πολ[ί]|τευμα τῶν γυνα[ι]|κῶν.

Item added: May 28, 2013
Item modified: December 16, 2015
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