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Author: Ilias Arnaoutoglou

CAPInv. 1542: eranistai hoi meta Kall[i]telos


i. Geographical area Attica with Salamis
ii. Region Attica
iii. Site Teithras? (modern Pikermi)


i. Full name (original language) ἐρανισταὶ οἱ μετὰ Καλλ[ι]τέλος (IG II2 2763, ll. 2-5)
ii. Full name (transliterated) eranistai hoi meta Kall[i]telos


i. Date(s) m. iv (?) BC


ii. Name elements
Personal:meta Kallitelos


i. Source(s) IG II2 2763 (m. iv (?) BC)
Note Ed. pr.: Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature 3/2 (1839): 395
Other publications: MDAI(A) 12 (1887): 305, no. 314; RIJG i 116: no. 60; Michel no. 1376; Finley 1951: no. 112
Online Resources IG II2 2763
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Greek horos inscription recording the sale of land for 420 dr.
ii. Source(s) provenance Seen in modern Pikermi


ii. Leadership On the basis of the expression meta Kallitelos in the name of the group, perhaps Kalliteles (Athenian Onomasticon s.v. (23)) was the leader.


i. Comments The genitive Καλλιτέλος (Kallitelos) points to a date around the middle of the 4th century BC, Threatte 1996: ii 150-4.
ii. Poland concordance Poland A 38
iii. Bibliography Arnaoutoglou, I. (2003), Thusias heneka kai sunousias. Private religious associations in Hellenistic Athens. Athens.
Cohen, E. (1992), Athenian economy and society. A banking perspective. Princeton, 207-15.
Faraguna, M. (2012), ‘Diritto, economia, societa: riflessioni su eranos tra eta omerica e mondo ellenistico’, in B. Legras (ed.), Transferts culturels et droits dans le monde grec et hellenistique, Paris: 129-53.
Finley, M. (1951), Studies in land and credit in ancient Athens, 500-200 B.C. The Horos inscriptions. New Brunswick.
Harris, E. (2013), ‘Finley’s Studies in land and credit sixty years later’, Dike 16: 123-46.
Ismard, P. (2010), La cité des réseaux. Athènes et ses associations VIe – Ier siècle av. J.-C. Paris: 281-4.
Millett, P. (1991), Lending and borrowing in ancient Athens. Cambridge.
Thomsen, Chr. (2015), ‘The eranistai of classical Athens’, GRBS 55: 154-75.
Threatte, L. (1996), The grammar of Attic inscriptions. Berlin.


i. Private association Certain
Note Although it was forcibly argued by Finley 1951 and Millett 1991 that eranistai in horoi inscriptions should not be regarded as associations, I think that there are good grounds to consider these groups as private associations (see also Thomsen 2015). Firstly, in almost all cases they are identified as eranistai hoi meta… or hoi peri, an element that points to a certain embryonic or nascent collective identity. Secondly, they also pull their resources (or part of it) together to lend money, for which they acquire the legal standing as creditors, whose claim is secured. Thirdly, in case the repayment of the loan does not proceed, they may be represented in law courts.