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Membership List of the Synod of Bages (123-133 CE) Hermonassa - Bosporan region

Hermonassa (Bosporan region, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), 123-133 CE
IBosp 1054 = IPontEux IV 421 = PHI 183788 = AGRW ID# 8462
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1304


Slab of white marble (52 x 29 x 10-14 cm; letter height: 2 cm). Found in the town of Taman in 1893, now in Odessa Archeological Museum (inv. 50399). This inscription lists the members of the synod, perhaps donors who contributed funds to set up the monument. It is not clear whether this is a dedication. Ustinova (1999, 130-131) suggests the possiblity that this synod, like the one in IBosp 1055, may be devoted to Aphrodite.

During the reign of king Tiberius Julius Cotys (II), son of king Sauromates, friend of Caesar and friend of the Romans, pious one, the synod (synodos) which is gathered around Bages son of Sosipatros the temple-warden (nakorosneokoros), Straton son of Onesidoros (?) the priest, Apollonios son of Chrysaliskos the seeker of sacred things (hieromastōr), Agathos son of Polemokrates the secretary (grammateus), and Myreinos II the goodness-loving official (philagathos), and the rest of the society-members (thiaseitai = thiasitai): Kalous son of Myreinos Meges son of Menas, Demokrates son of Dadas, Aristagoras son of Agathos, Dadas son of Apollonios. . . Elittas . . .

Translation by: Harland

[βασιλεύοντος βασι]|λέως [Τιβερίου Ἰουλίου] | Κότυος υἱ[οῦ βασιλέως] | Σαυρομάτου, [φιλοκαίσα]||ρος καὶ φιλορωμαίου, | εὐσεβοῦς, ἡ σύνο|δος ἡ περὶ νακόρον | Βάγην Σωσιπάτρου, | καὶ ἱρ̣έα Στράτωνα || Ὀν̣[ησιδ?]ώ̣ρου καὶ ἱερομά|στορα Ἀπολλώνιον Χρυ|σαλίσκου καὶ γραμμα|τέα Ἀγαθοῦν Πολεμοκρά|του καὶ φιλάγαθον Μυρεῖ||νον β καὶ οἱ λοιποὶ θιασεῖτ[αι]· | Καλοῦς Μυρείνου | Μέγης Μηνᾶ | Δημοκράτης Δάδα | Ἀρισταγόρας Ἀγαθοῦ || Δάδας Ἀπολλωνί[ου] | [— —] Ἠλίττα | [— —]σ̣ω̣σ̣[— —]

Item added: December 19, 2012
Item modified: October 1, 2020
ID number: 8462
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