Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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The Kochlian Society (?) (VI BCE) Lindos on Rhodes - Southeastern islands

Lindos on Rhodes (Southeastern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), VI BCE
ILindos 580 = PHI 191309 = AGRW ID# 15081


Inscription found near the place of sacrifice ("Boukopion") northeast of the acropolis (modern Vigli). If the term "θιάσο" here is a reference to a "society" or association, then this would be among the earliest attestations of this term for an association. The term can also be used more generally for a "revel", "troop", "company" or a "banquet". The meaning of the term Κόχλιος here is also unclear here, though the term usually refers to a snail with a spiral shell or any other item with a spiral or spiral effect (e.g. a screw). It may be used as a place name in this case, in which case "The Kochlian society" would be the translation.

The spiral society (thiasos) (?).

Translation by: Harland

το̑ Κόχλιος | θιάσο.

Item added: November 27, 2015
Item modified: November 27, 2015
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