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Author: Mario C.D. Paganini

CAPInv. 182: to koinon ton Lykion


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


i. Full name (original language) τὸ κοινὸν τῶν Λυκίων (I.Alex. Ptol. 27, l. 4 and 9)
ii. Full name (transliterated) to koinon ton Lykion


i. Date(s) 182 - 180 BC


ii. Name elements
iii. Descriptive terms Κοινόν, koinon
Note koinon: I.Alex. Ptol. 27, l. 4 and 9


i. Source(s) I.Alex. Ptol. 27 (ca 182-180 BC)
Note Other editions of the text are: OGIS 99, SB V 8274 (with SEG 27: 1029 and SEG 30: 1721).
Online Resources OGIS 99
TM 6315
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Greek dedication of a statue by the koinon of Lycians.
i.c. Physical format(s) Statue base in green basalt.


iv. Status Ptolemaios, the man honoured by the koinon with a statue, bore the aulic title of archisomatophylax and was archikynegos, Chief-Hunter of the King (a Palace official). His father was also archikynegos and bore the title of protos philos of the King. They were Alexandrian citizens and appear in other inscriptions (I.Th.Sy. 314 and probably I.Philae 9): cf. Mooren 1975: nos. 0290, 0291 and Mooren 1977: 174-6.
vi. Proper names and physical features Πτολεμαῖον τὸν ἀρχισωματοφύλακα καὶ ἀρχικύνηγον, τὸν Πτολεμαίου
τῶν πρώτων φίλων καὶ ἀρχικυνήγου υἱόν


iv. Honours/Other activities The koinon of Lycians honours with a statue Ptolemaios son of Ptolemaios, on account of his father's devotion and benevolence towards the Royal House and the koinon of Lycians (pace the interpretation by the ed. of I.Alex. Ptol. 27). It is unclear why the koinon did not honour the father directly, but rather set up a statue of the son: perhaps the father had already been granted a statue before, or he suggested to give honours to the new generation, or the koinon strategically planned to win the son's support for the future. At all events, both father and son were certainly important personages, whose favour was highly valued by the koinon of the Lycians.


i. Comments The origin of the inscription was originally assigned to Lycia, Cyprus, or Egypt. De Meulenaere 1977 finally proved the Alexandrian origin of the base.
It has been object of scholarly debate whether the koinon of Lycians in the present text is the Lycian League or rather a private association (to be compared with the ethnic politeumata of Egypt): cf. now the discussion in Lazzarini 1980: 134-6. Recently, Kruse 2015: 295 seems to take it as a private association, with the cautious hypothesis that this koinon may appear in the sources, promoted to politeuma, three centuries later (see CAPInv. 1492).
iii. Bibliography Kruse, T. (2015), 'Ethnic koina and politeumata in Ptolemaic Egypt', in V. Gabrielsen and C. A. Thomsen (eds.), Private associations and the public sphere. Copenhagen, 270-300.
Mooren, L. (1975), The aulic titulature in Ptolemaic Egypt. Brussel.
Mooren, L. (1977), La hiérarchie de cour ptolémaïque. Lovanii.
De Meulenaere, H. (1977), 'La provenance alexandrine d'OGIS I,99', CE 52, 122-4.
Lazzarini, M. L. (1980), 'Due iscrizioni greche del Museo Egizio di Torino', RFIC 108: 129-41.


i. Private association Discarded
Note On the basis of our evidence and given the absence of further specifications of the group in the text, it seems very probable that the koinon of Lycians attested here was the Lycian League and not a local private association.