|i.||Geographical area||Eastern Asia Minor|
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CAPInv. 1703: U-EAM-005
|i.||Association with unknown name||U-EAM-005|
|i.||Date(s)||117 - 138 AD|
|i.||Source(s)||Mittford 1991: 200-5 no. 12 (117-138 AD)|
Anderson 1900: 153-6 no. 2
IGR III 115
Le Guen-Pollet 1989: 65-7 no. 10
|Online Resources||EA 13: 65 no. 10|
|i.a.||Source type(s)||Epigraphic source(s)|
|i.b.||Document(s) typology & language/script||
Greek honorary inscription for M. Antonius Rufus.
|i.c.||Physical format(s)||Limestone stele|
|ii.||Source(s) provenance||The inscription was found at Sulusaray (Sebastopolis).|
θιασάρχης, thiasarches (l. 5)
In addition to various civic offices held by the honorand, the latter was stated to have been thiasarches several times (καὶ θιασαρχήσαντα πολλάκις, kai thiasarchesanta pollakis, ll. 5-6). This suggests that the leader of the association in question bore the title θιασάρχης, thiasarches.
The suggested date is based on the fact that the honorand was high-priest of Hadrian.
The phrase θιασαρχήσαντα πολλάκις (thiasarchesanta pollakis, ll. 5-6) renders possible that the official name of the association in question included the term thiasos or one of its derivatives, such as thiasitai.
M. Antonius Rufus was a distinguished figure in Sebastopolis and a descendant of an illustrious family. He served as archon and agoranomos several times, he assumed the lifelong high-priesthood of Hadrian, organizing gladiatorial games (Robert 1940: 128-9) and the Pontarchia at Neokaisareia. He also financed public constructions and distributions. In this respect providing leadership and presumably benefactions to a local thiasos on various occasions on the one hand constituted a vital aspect of his political and social capital and on the other hand highlighted and strengthened the importance of such associations in Sebastopolis (cf. Van Nijf 1997: 74-82 and 118-22; Maillot 2013: 204-7).
|ii.||Poland concordance||Poland B* 440 B|
Anderson, J.G.C. (1900), ‘Pontica’, JHS 20: 151-8.
Le Guen-Pollet, B. (1989), ‘Sébastopolis du Pont (Sulusaray). Documents littéraires et inscriptions déjà publiées de la cité’, EA 13: 51-86.
Maillot, S. (2013), ‘Les associations à Cos’ in P. Fröhlich and P. Hamon (eds.), Groupes et associations dans les cités grecques (IIIe siècle av. J.-C. – IIe siècle apr. J.-C.), Genève: 199-226.
Mitford, T. B. (1991), ‘Inscriptions Ponticae – Sebastopolis’, ZPE 87: 181-243.
Robert, L. (1940), Les gladiateurs dans l’Orient grec. Paris.
Van Nijf, O. (1997), The Civic World of Professional Associations in the Roman East. Amsterdam.
|Note||The term thiasarchesas refers to the leadership of a thiasos, thus to a private association.|