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Author: Mario C.D. Paganini

CAPInv. 150: he tes Aphrodites Lamreous synodos


i. Geographical area Egypt
ii. Nome Alexandria (L00)
iii. Site Alexandria


i. Full name (original language) ἡ τῆς Ἀφροδίτης Λαμρέους σύνοδος (I.Alex. Ptol. 41, l. 3)
ii. Full name (transliterated) he tes Aphrodites Lamreous synodos


i. Date(s) l. ii BC


ii. Name elements
Theophoric:Aphrodite Lamres (local epithet of unknown meaning)
iii. Descriptive terms σύνοδος, synodos
Note synodos: I.Alex. Ptol. 41, l. 3


i. Source(s) I.Alex. Ptol. 41 (l. ii BC)
Note Other editions of the text: I.Breccia 144, SB I 4321.
Online Resources I.Breccia 144, (now out-dated – and with many typos besides).
TM 7136
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Greek dedication of a statue by the association.
i.c. Physical format(s) Marble statue base.
ii. Source(s) provenance The stone was found in 1904 abandoned in Rue Gerbel (nowadays Mahmoud Makhtar Street, on the east-side of the Graeco-Roman Museum) by the secondary entrance of a private house.


iii. Members The members of the association are referred to as οἱ νέμο̣ν̣τες σὺν α[ὐτ]ῶ[ι] (sc. the honorand) | τὴν τῆς Ἀφρ[οδίτης] Λα̣μρέους σύνοδο̣[ν] hoi nemontes syn autoi ten tes Aphrodites Lamreous synodon (l. 2-3).


ii. Gender Men
Note The names recorded and the grammar suggest male membership.
iv. Status The man to whom the association dedicated a statue (whose name is lost in lacuna and whose patronymic Ἀσκληπιάδου, Asklepiadou is only preserved in l. 1) was a benefactor. He bore also the aulic title of syngenes and he was involved in the Ptolemaic administration as dioiketes. On the man and his possible identification and family, cf. Mooren 1975: no. 0170, 00277 and Moren 1977: 155-156 (with bibliography).
vi. Proper names and physical features ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ̣ ον Ἀσκληπιάδου τὸν συ̣[γγενῆ] | καὶ διο[ικ]η̣τ̣ὴ̣ν̣ (ll. 1-2)


iii. Worship The expression [μεγ]α̣λομερε̣ίας ἧς | ἔχων διατε[λεῖ] πρὸς τ[ὸ θ]ε̣ῖ̣ον, megalomereias hes echon diatelei pros to theion (ll. 4-5) seems to suggest that the association and its members (or at least one of them) performed their devotion to Aphrodite in a tangible way. However it is difficult to say in what ways exactly or whether the association organised proper celebrations for the goddess.
The local epithet of Aphrodite Lamres is so far otherwise unknown and of difficult interpretation: cf. Fraser 1972: I 198, II 333 n. 58.
Deities worshipped Aphrodite (?)


ii. Poland concordance Poland B *455D
iii. Bibliography Fraser, P. M. (1972), Ptolemaic Alexandria. Oxford.
Mooren, L. (1975), The aulic titulature in Ptolemaic Egypt. Brussel.
Mooren, L. (1977), La hiérarchie de cour ptolémaïque. Lovanii.


i. Private association Certain
Note The terminology used (synodos) and the dealings in which the group was involved make it certain that we have here a private association.