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Author: Vincent Gabrielsen

CAPInv. 1921: Hermaistan Athana[i]stan Hali[adan] Haliastan [......]n koinon


i. Geographical area Aegean Islands
ii. Region Rhodes
iii. Site City of Rhodos


i. Full name (original language) Ἑρμαιαστᾶν Ἀθανα[ι]σ̣τ̣ᾶ̣ν Ἁλι[αδᾶν] Ἁλιαστᾶν̣ [......]ν κοινόν (ASAA 22 (1939/40) 151, no. 6, ll. 20-1).
ii. Full name (transliterated) Hermaistan Athana[i]stan Hali[adan] Haliastan [......]n koinon


i. Date(s) i BC


ii. Name elements
Theophoric:One element of the name derives from the god Hermes: D. Morelli, I culti in Rodi. Studi Classici e Orientali 8. Pisa, 1959, 44-45, 133-35. Another element derives from a major Rhodian deity, Athana: ibid. 2-13, 80-89. Finally, the couplet Haliadai Haliastai is associated to the supreme god in Rhodes, Helios, Doric Halios: ibid. 15-20, 94-99.
Other:Only the letter nu is preserved from the fifth and last element of the name of this association. Since it is attested in the genitive, G. Pugliese Carratelli is correct to give the nominative as [......]ι (ASAA 22 (1939/40) 181). One possibility is that this element was formed from a personal name, which would be in accord with the custom of Rhodian koina with composite names to have the personal names follow the theophoric ones. If so, then this last name element may have ended either in -αι (e.g. Ἀριστοβουλιασταί) or in -οι (e.g. Μηνοδώρειοι).
iii. Descriptive terms The association is called κοινόν (koinon) twice: ASAA 22 (1939/40) 151, no. 6, ll. 21, 23.


i. Source(s) ASAA 22 (1939/40) 151, no. 6, ll. 20-1.
Online Resources ASAA 22 (1939/40) 151, no. 6
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Honorary-dedicatory inscription in Doric.
i.c. Physical format(s) Fragmentary rectangular statue base of Lartian marble: photo in ASAA 22 (1939/40) Tav. IX.
ii. Source(s) provenance The provenance is simply given as Rhodes, the capital city of Rhodes.


iii. Members The unknown individual to whom this monument belonged, a foreigner from Heraclea, was probable a member of this association.


ii. Gender Men
Note On the probability that the unknown person to whom this monument belonged was a member.
iv. Status If, as seems probable, the unknown person to whom this monument belonged was a member, his ethnic, Herakleotas shows that he was a foreigner. Heraclea Pontica is just one among several possibilities for this person's city of origin. From the fact that he had performed the liturgy of the choregia it can be inferred that he was residing permanently on Rhodes.


iv. Honours/Other activities This association honoured an individual from Heraclea with two wreaths -- one of olive the other of gold -- for his eunoia and philodoxia towards the association. The same inscription records similar honours by three other koina: (i) the Aristobouliastai Soteriastai Hephaistiastai Agathodaimoniastai Menekrateioi toi syn Menekratei; (ii) the Diossoteriastai Zenoniastai; and (iii) the Aphrodisiastai Epitynchanonteioi kai Aphrodisiastai Meneteioi


i. Private association Certain
Note The composition of this group's name by at least three theophoric elements, together with the use of the word koinon renders it certain that it was a private association.