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Last Updated on 11 Jul 2019

Author: Vincent Gabrielsen

CAPInv. 1616: Kouraistai toi en Kyteloi


i. Geographical area Aegean Islands
ii. Region Rhodes
iii. Site Kamiros


i. Full name (original language) Κουραισταὶ τοὶ έν Κυτήλωι
ii. Full name (transliterated) Kouraistai toi en Kyteloi


i. Date(s) a. 167 BC


ii. Name elements
Theophoric:From Kore (Doric: Kora), whose cult (together with that of Demeter) is independently attested in the capital city of Rhodes. Kouraistai were mystery cults of Demeter and Kore: D. Morelli, I cult in Rodi. SCO 8 (Pisa, 1959) 58-9, 119-20.
Topographical:The element τοί ἐν Κυτηλωι, toi en Kyteloi (those in Kytelos) indicates the place where the association was based. It is paralleled by several other instances (e.g. Σεραπιασταὶ τοὶ ἐν Καμίρωι, Serapiastai to en Kamiroi, Tit.Cam. 84, l. 14). One of the purposes it served was was to distinguish between associations with the same core element (e.g. Asklapiastai) in their name. Kytelos was a place situated in Kamiros. Probably, it is to identified with modern Kitala NE of Embona, where a village was to be found in 1474 AD: Chr. I. Papachristodoulou, Istoria tes Rhodou, 2nd edn. Athens 1994, 40, 286.


i. Source(s) Tit.Cam. 84, l. 16.
Online Resources Tit.Cam. 84
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Honorary-dedicatory
i.c. Physical format(s) Statue base of Lartian marble placed on another rectangular slab,
ii. Source(s) provenance Kamiros


iii. Members Aristombrotidas Aristombrotida, who is honoured by the association, is known as a very prominent person in the public and religious life of Kamiros (LGPN I, s.v. no. 12). However, his membership of the association, even though possible, cannot be ascertained.


iii. Worship The theophoric element of the association's name indicates that the membership was devoted to the worship of Kore (and Demeter).
Deities worshipped Kore (and Demeter)
iv. Honours/Other activities The association honoured Aristombrotidas with a gold wreath.


i. Local interaction The association interacted locally in two ways:

(1) By awarding honours to Aristombrotidas, a high-standing person in Kamiros: the priest of Athana Polias and Zeus Polieus and the holder of the office of damiourgos (LGPN I s.v. no. 12); probably, Aristombrotidas had also served as 'Superintendent of the Foreigners' (ἐπιμελητὴς τῶν ξένων, epimeletes ton xenon): IG XII 1, 49, l. 51.

(2) By honouring Aristombrotidas jointly with (i) members of his family, (ii) the citizens of Kamiros, and (iii) four other private bodies: the Ἀσκλαπιασταί τοὶ ἐν Καμίρωι (Asklapiastai to en Kamiroi), the Ἑρμαισταὶ τοὶ ἐν Καμίρωι (Hermaistai toi en Kamiroi), the Σαραπιασταὶ τοὶ ἐν Καμίρωι (Sarapiastai toi en Kamiroi) and the Τρίκτοινοι τοὶ ἐν Λέλωι (Triktoinoi τoi en Leloi).


i. Private association Certain
Note The theophoric element in the name of this association makes it certain that it was a private body.