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CAPInv. 2124: Soteriastan Dios Xeniastan [Pan]athanaistan Lindiastan ton [s]yn Gai<o>I koinon



i. Geographical area Aegean Islands
ii. Region Rhodes
iii. Site Rhodos or Lindos


i. Full name (original language) Σωτηριαστᾶν Διὸς Ξενιαστᾶν [Παν]αθαναϊστᾶν Λινδιαστᾶν τῶν [σ]ὺν Γαΐ<ω>ι κοινόν
ii. Full name (transliterated) Soteriastan Dios Xeniastan [Pan]athanaistan Lindiastan ton [s]yn Gai<o>I koinon


i. Date(s) iii - ii BC


ii. Name elements
Cultic:Παναθηναϊσταί, Panathenaistai - The element Panathenaistai, as Blinkenberg notes (I.Lindos II, col. 797), derives from the cultic festival of the Panathenaia. There is evidence for a Panathenaia festival with competitions in Kamiros (Tit.Cam. nos. 106, l. 13; 110, l. 56; 159, l. 3. For the cults of Athena on Rhodes see Morrelli, I culti in Rodi [Pisa, 1959] 2-13, 80-89).

Λινδιασταί, Lindiastai probably refers to a special veneration of for the cult of Athana Lindia.
Personal:τῶν σὺν Γαΐωι, ton syn Gaioi - From the Greek personal name Γάϊος, Gaios (LGPN s.v. no. 60). The phrase, 'those who are with Gaios' likely refers to a leader of the group.
Theophoric:Σωτηριασταί, Soteriastai - From Zeus, specifically the epithet Σωτηρ, Soter (Morelli, ibid. 46-52, 136-147).

Διὸς Ξενιασταί, Dios Xeniastai - From another epithet of Zeus (Morelli, ibid. 46-52, 136-147).


i. Source(s) IG XII,1 161
Online Resources IG XII,1 161

AGRW no. 12537
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Funerary honourific-dedicatory inscription in Greek..
i.c. Physical format(s) A rectangular base of blue marble.
ii. Source(s) provenance Found in the City of Rhodes, near the stables of D. Ioannis (cf. Ross, Inscr. Graec. ined. Fasc § 282, IG XII,1 161).


i. Local interaction The devotion to Zeus Xenios may imply a special sort of interaction locally and abroad. The connection with the deity of Zeus Xenios makes it likely that the association had a connection to foreigners, since this epithet of Zeus honoured the god for his role in protecting these (cf. Nilsson 1941 v. 1 p. 392, Foucart 1873 p. 102,). A similar association dedicated to Zeus Xenios in Athens in the first century B.C. consisted of sailors and merchants - ναύκληροι καὶ ἔμποροι οἱ φέροντες τὴν σύνοδον τοῦ Διός τοῦ Ξενίου, naukleroi kai emporoi hoi pherontes ten synodon tou Dios tou Xeniou (IG II2 1012 ll. 14-6 cf. CAPInv. 290). Similar associations have been attested elsewhere too (cf. Poland 1909 p. 177, Farell 2010 p. 74, see also CAPInv. 837).

The association had a special devotion to Zeus Xenios/Soter and to the panathanaic cult in Lindos (Morrelli, I culti in Rodi [Pisa, 1959], 39, IG XII,1 155 and IG XII,1 161).


ii. Poland concordance B 272


i. Private association Certain
Note The descriptive term koinon (κοινόν), used together with theophoric name elements and a personal name element, guarantees the private character of the association.