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Author: Georgia Malouchou

CAPInv. 1590: hoi ergastai [- - -]


i. Geographical area Aegean Islands
ii. Region Lemnos, but likely from Chios (Robert 1929: 32-38)
iii. Site The stone was kept in a private house in the village Plaka of Lemnos; according to the owner it was found in Vriokastro (Cousin and Dürrbach 1885: 62). It was then built in the church of St George (IG XII. 8 16)


i. Full name (original language) οἱ ἐργασταὶ [- - -] (IG XII.8 16 l. 2)
ii. Full name (transliterated) hoi ergastai [- - -]


i. Date(s) i AD


ii. Name elements


i. Source(s) IG XII. 8 16 and Add. p. VII, IG XIIs., p. 147 (i BC)
Online Resources IG XII,8 16
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Honorary inscription, in Greek
i.c. Physical format(s) Block of marble, broken on the upper left part


iv. Honours/Other activities The ergastai [- - -] and another group, whose name is not preserved (CAP 1888), offer a crown to the officers responsible for ton kata ten agoran


i. Comments Based on the similarities of IG XII. 8 6 with SEG XVII 382 A (CAP Inv. 1589) and with a series of other Chian inscriptions, Robert convincingly argued that IG XII. 8 16 was of Chian origin. Furthermore, on the basis of SEG XVII 382 A he suggested the following restoration of ll. 1-2: [οἱ ναύκληροι κ]αὶ οἱ ἐργασταὶ | [οἱ ἐπὶ τοῦ λιμένος] (see Robert 1929: 37).
The inscription to my opinion can be dated by letter-forms to the i AD. The characteristic letter omega, as it is shown in the facsimile published by Cousin-Dürrbach is very similar to the omega which occurs in a series of Chian inscriptions of the 1 c. A.D. (the so-called Cl. Metrodora's inscriptions, for which see Robert 1938: 128-34).
One of the honorands is the nauarch Neileus son of Pamphilos, and adopted son of Neileus. The prosopographical identification suggested by Dunst (Dunst 1958: 185) of the here attested Neileus with the honorand [- - -]λεύς ) in Robert 1929: 36 C (see CAP Inv. 1587) is tentative. A strong argument against this identification is that the person in IG XII. 8 16 is an adopted son of Neileus. He could well be a descendant of [- - -]λεύς ).
For the officers responsible for the administration of the agora see CAP Inv. 1587 (Comments).
ii. Poland concordance Poland Z 13
iii. Bibliography Cousin, G., Dürrbach, F. (1885), ῾Inscriptions de Lemnos’, BCH 9: 62-3 no. 6.
IG XII. 8 16 ll. 2-3 and Add. p. VII, IG XIIs., p. 147.
Robert, L (1929), ῾Trois inscriptions de l'Archipel’, REG 42: 32-7.
Dunst, G. (1958), ῾ΧΙΑΚΑ’, ΑPF 16: 185.
McCabe, D. and Brownson, J. (1986), Chios Inscriptions. Texts and List. The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton: no. 192.
Cf. Robert, L. (1938), Etudes Epigraphiques et Philologiques, Paris: 128-33.


i. Private association Certain
Note The professional terminology of the association ensures the private character of the association.