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Author: Ilias Arnaoutoglou

CAPInv. 266: U-ATT-015


i. Geographical area Attica with Salamis
ii. Region Attica
iii. Site Piraeus


i. Association with unknown name U-ATT-015


i. Date(s) 325 - 275 BC


iii. Descriptive terms θίασος, thiasos
κοινόν, koinon
Note thiasos: IG II2 1275, l. 6
koinon: IG II2 1275, l. 17

It is not clear whether thiasos describes the organized entity of thiasotai or thiasotai as a religious community wider than the organized koinon, see Arnaoutoglou 2003: 65-7.


i. Source(s) IG II2 1275 (325-275 BC)
Note Ed. pr.: ABSA 13: 328-38
Other publications: Michel no. 1549; LSGS 126 (SEG 21: 534); GRA I 8; AGRW 13
Online Resources IG II2 1275 and AGRW ID 3059
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Fragmentary Greek decision of the group called law (νόμος, nomos, ll. 12-13) setting the rules (in the survivng part) to attend the funeral of a deceased member and to provide aid to co-members in need.
i.c. Physical format(s) Marble stele broken on top measuring 0.206x0.36m.
ii. Source(s) provenance Found in Piraeus, acquired by the British Museum in 1906.


iii. Members The members of the group are called θιασῶται, thiasotai, ll. 3-4, 13, 15.
vi. Laws and rules Law (νόμος, nomos, ll. 12-13).
vii. Judicial system In case of non-observance of the rules, any member of the association who wishes to do so may prosecute the transgressor and the association will have the right ot impose any penalty it sees fit, ll. 12-17 (entrenchment clause).
viii. Obligations The members of the associations have the obligation to attend the funeral of deceased members, once it is announced (ll. 4-7) and also to provide mutual help to other members and all their friends once they suffer injustice, ll. 7-9.
For a similar wording see SEG 56: 746 (Thessaloniki, beginning 3rd century AD; CAPInv. 804).


iii. Worship There is a vague reference in l. 10 to gods (θεοί, theoi), to whom the membership should display their piety.


i. Comments There is no clear evidence in the inscription that this is a cult association, but it is very likely, due to the designation of the group.
iii. Bibliography Arnaoutoglou, I. (2003), Thusias heneka kai sunousias. Private religious associations in Hellenistic Athens. Athens.
Baslez, M.-F. (2006), ‘Entraide et mutualisme dans les associations des cités grecques à l’époque hellénistique’, in M. Molin (ed.), Les régulations sociales dans l’antiquité (Actes du colloque d’Angers 23 et 24 mai 2003), Rennes: 157-70. (SEG 56: 2070)
Ismard, P. (2010), La cité des réseaux. Athènes et ses associations VIe – Ier siècle av. J.-C. Paris: 356.
Mikalson, J. (1998), Religion in Hellenistic Athens. Los Angeles: 150.
Pakkanen, P. (1996), Interpreting early Hellenistic religion. A study based on the mystery cult of Demeter and the cult of Isis. Helsinki. (SEG 46: 2363)


i. Private association Certain
Note The association displays all the hallmarks of a private association: distinct name, membership, organization, property and durability.