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Record of Worship by an Association of Ironsmiths (324 CE) Memnoneia - Upper Egypt

Memnoneia (Upper Egypt, Egypt — Pleiades map), 324 CE (December 27-28)
GRA III 280 = SEG 41:1612-1615 = PHI 223996 = AGRW ID# 31547
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1365


Inscription (31 x 10 cm) on the south wall of a niche at the base of Thutmosis III's throne.

On the 1st and 2nd of the month of Tybi, in the consulship of our Lords, the most noble and most distinguished Caesars, Crispus and Constantius, for the third time. We arrived here . . . (illegible) . . . donkey sacrifice, the association (plēthos) of ironsmiths (sidērougoi) of Hermonthis, who are listed individually: Poumsi son of Askos . . ., the leader (archi.) . . .; second leader (archi.) …, Penas son of Askos . . .; third leader (archi.) . . ., Lucius son of Name; (illegible) Pepkoisis (?; P( )pkoi. is the abbreviation) a brewer… ; Chollos son of Pasemis, Tyrannos son of Besas, Pesouris son of Phthoi, Pepkoisis (?) son of Chollos, and Kouelamauti (?; Kouel. is the abbreviation) . . . and Pepkoisis (?) son of Pkoisis, Pesouris son of Lolous, Hatres son of Horion son of Theophanes, the secretary (grammateus) of the association, and Didymos son of Pabotes, Plenis (?) the donkey herder. He (i.e., Didymos) slaughtered the donkey before the god and all have engaged in worship here for the great god.

Translation by: Rebecca Runesson (with modifications)

{Τυ} Τῦβι α̣ʹ καὶ βʹ, ὑπατείας τῶν δεσποτῶν ἡμῶν Κρί̣σπου καὶ Κ(vacat)ων| {vac.} σ[ταν]τίνου τῶν ε[ὐγεν]ε̣σ̣τάτων καὶ ἐπιφ[ανεστάτω]ν Καισ̣ά̣ρ[ων] τὸ γʹ | γενόμεθα ἐνταῦθα μ․τοτων θυσίαν ὄνον, πλῆθος σιδηρουργ[ῶ]ν Ἑρμώνθε̣ο̣ς̣, | ὧν τὸ κατ’ ὄνομα δι(αγέγραπται)· Ποΰμσι Ἀσκοῦ μμαλος ἀρχι(—), βʹ ἀρχι(—) Πενᾶς Ἀσκοῦ [․]μαλος, || [γʹ] ἀρχι(—) Λούσις ․σανκ․․μ․μ(—)ε(—) Π(—)πκ̣[ο]ῖ(σις) ζυτοπ(οιὸς) φ․ατεως, Χολλῶς Πασῆμις καὶ Τύρα[ννος] | Βησᾶ καὶ Πεσοῦρις Φθόϊ καὶ Π(—)π̣κοῖ(σις) Χολλῶς καὶ Κουελ(—) καὶ Π(—)πεκοῖσις Πκοί(σιος) 〚καὶ〛| καὶ Πεσοῦρις Λολο[ῦ]τος καὶ Ἁτρῆς Ὡρίονος Θεοφάνους γραμματεὺ<ς> τῶν πλήθου | καὶ Δίδυμος Π̣[αβ]ώτου καὶ Πλῆ(νις) ὀνηλάτου· αὐτὸς ἔσφαξεν τὸν ὄνον ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ θεο̣ῦ̣ | κ[α]ὶ πάντες τὸ προσκύνημα ὑμ[․․․․] ἐνταῦθ’ ε․․․․τα τοῦ μεγάλου θεοῦ ἐποί[ησα]ν̣.

Item added: July 17, 2020
Item modified: July 17, 2020
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