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Author: Benedikt Eckhardt

CAPInv. 138: he hiera synodos ton apo tes oikoumenes hie[r]one[ikon kai stephaniton]


i. Geographical area Western Asia Minor
ii. Region Phrygia
iii. Site Hierapolis


i. Full name (original language) ἡ ἱερὰ σύνοδος τῶν ἀπὸ τῆς οἰκουμένης ἱε[ρ]ονε[ικῶν καὶ στεφανιτῶν] (SEG 35: 1381, ll. 6-7)
ii. Full name (transliterated) he hiera synodos ton apo tes oikoumenes hie[r]one[ikon kai stephaniton]


i. Date(s) 200 - 250 AD


i. Name in other forms ἡ εἱροτάτη σοίνοδος καὶ ὑ ἀπὸ τῆς οἰκουμένης ἱερονῖκαι (SEG 35: 1380, ll. 2-3)
ii. Name elements
Professional:στεφανῖται, stephanitai
ἱερονῖκαι, hieronikai
iii. Descriptive terms σύνοδος, synodos
Note synodos: SEG 35: 1380, l. 2; SEG 35: 1381, l. 6

It is probable that both inscriptions refer to the same synodos, although it is unclear why the hieronikai are presented as if they were a separate group in SEG 35: 1380.


i. Source(s) SEG 35: 1380 (200 - 250 AD)
SEG 35: 1381 (200 - 250 AD)
Note See also:
Altertümer von Hierapolis 36

SEG 35: 1381 was originally an honorific decree by the demos and the boule of the city, honoring their polites. Jones (1987) has plausibly argued that the last lines mentioning the synodos, which do not fit in syntactically and are written by a different hand, have been added later.

Jones also dates this text considerably earlier than the ed. pr., to the beginning of the 2nd century CE, because he identifies the comic actor Sophron with the one mentioned in Arr. Epict. diss. 3.4.
Online Resources Altertümer von Hierapolis 36
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Honorific decrees for a poet (SEG 35: 1380) and a comic actor (SEG 35: 1381).
i.c. Physical format(s) White marble bases, complete in both cases.


iv. Honours/Other activities The honored persons are a) a poet and b) a comic actor.


i. Local interaction In both cases, the synodos acts in conjunction with the main civic institutions of the city. However, in SEG 35: 1381, this is the result of a later addition.
ii. Interaction abroad The synodos was a worldwide organization, so interaction abroad may be taken for granted.


ii. Poland concordance Poland Δ *49D
iii. Bibliography Jones, C.P. (1987), ‘Sophron the Comoedos’, CQ 37: 208-12.
Ritti, T. (1985), Hierapolis. Scavi e ricerche I: Fonti letterarie ed epigrafiche. Rome: 96, no. 11.


i. Private association Certain
Note The Dionysiac artists can be labelled a private association, albeit of a special character, given their world-wide organization.
ii. Historical authenticity Certain