|i.||Geographical area||Western Asia Minor|
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CAPInv. 1232: U-WAM-019
|i.||Association with unknown name||U-WAM-019|
|i.||Source(s)||IMT 1539 (i BC)|
Mordtmann 1885: 204-207 no. 30
AGRW II 107
AGRW ID 7084
|i.a.||Source type(s)||Epigraphic source(s)|
|i.b.||Document(s) typology & language/script||Dedicatory inscription in Greek to Poseidon and Aphrodite Potnia set up by business partners in the fishing industry.|
Stele with relief in two registers. Upper register depicts Kybele and Apollo. Lower register depicts an altar and a servant making an offering.The dedicatory inscription to Poseidon and Aphrodite Potnia does not match the deities depicted in the relief.
H. 57 x W. 36 cm.
|ii.||Source(s) provenance||Kyzikos area.|
The occupations recorded in the text point to the fishing business (Robert 1950; Marzano 2013: 41-3):
- ἀρχώνης σκοπιᾶς, archones skopias (l. 2)- chief-lessee of the lookout
- ἐπὶ τοῦ χρηματισμοῦ, epi tou chrematismou (l. 3) - in charge of the business/ or the funds
- μέτοιχοι, metoichoi (l. 5) - partners
- ἐπαγωγοί, epagogoi (l. 16) - a category of fishermen, i.e. those attracting the fish in the nets (Robert 1950: 97)
Eleven metoichoi are recorded in the text. Their participation would be of financial nature, namely the funding of fishing activities and sharing of financial liability (see Marzano 2013: 80).
Marzano, A. (2013), Harvesting the sea, the exploitation of marine resources in the Roman Mediterranean. Oxford.
Mordtmann, J.H. (1885), 'Zur Epigraphic von Kyzikos III', MDAI(A) 10: 200-11.
Robert, L. 1950: 'Inscriptions de l'Hellespont et de la Propontide', Hellenica IX: 78-97.
|Note||The inscription attests to the disparate parties involved in fishing activities, shedding thus light on the complex organization of the fishing business in Kyzikos. Business partners set up a dedication as a thanks-offering (charisterion), presumably for a successful and profitable undertaking. Joint activities in business alone do not suffice to identify a group as a private association.|