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Author: Sophia Zoumbaki

CAPInv. 509: to koinon t[on ---]siaston


i. Geographical area Peloponnese with Adjacent Islands
ii. Region Laconia
iii. Site Gytheion


i. Full name (original language) τὸ κοινὸν τ[ῶν ---]σιαστῶν (IG V.1 1175, ll. 2-3)
ii. Full name (transliterated) to koinon t[on ---]siaston


i. Date(s) ii AD


ii. Name elements
Personal:...]siastai: the ending suggests a name construed on the proper name of a person or deity.
Theophoric:...]siastai: the ending suggests a name construed on the proper name of a person or deity.
iii. Descriptive terms κοινόν, koinon,
θίασος, thiasos
Note koinon: IG V.1 1175, l. 2
thiasos: IG V.1 1175, l. 7


i. Source(s) IG V.1 1175 (ii AD)
Note See also: AGRW 28
Online Resources IG V.1 1175 and AGRW ID 2535
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script A decree in Greek of the association in honour of Ἰο[υλία - - -], Io[ulia - - -] for her benefactions.
i.c. Physical format(s) A cylindrical statue base
ii. Source(s) provenance Gytheion, found on the top of the Acropolis hill.


iv. Officials The mention of [ἐπιμεληθέντος τῶ δεῖνος] τῶ ἐ̣π̣ὶ τῆ̣[ς - - -], [epimelethentos to deinos] to epi te[s - - -] in ll. 8-9 should refer to an official of the association who undertook the control of the erection of the monument in honour of Iulia.


iii. Worship The fact that Ἰο[υλία - - -], Io[ulia - - -], is praised for [τῆς πε]ρ[ὶ] τὸν θε[ὸν εὐσεβείας], [tes pe]r[i] ton the[on eusebeias] shows that the association was related to the cult of a male deity. Forster 1903-1904: 181, no. 3, restores the ll. 2-3 as [Διονυ]σιαστῶν Ἰο[βάκχων], [Dionysiaston Io[Bakchon]. Yet, if we accept this restoration there is space to complete a gentile name and a cognomen of the honorand. Moreover, an association of Dionysiastai Iobakchoi is not further attested neither in Laconia nor in the Peloponnese in general.
iv. Honours/Other activities The fragmentary inscription only tells us about the existence of honours voted by the association in question for its benefactor, Ἰο[υλία - - -], Io[ulia - - -].


i. Local interaction Since the honourand is called ἀξιολογωτάτη, axiologotate and most probably her husband is also called ἀξιολογώτατος, axiologotatos, ll. 3-5 Ἰο[υλίαν - - - τὴν ἀξιολο]γωτάτην, θ̣[υγατέρα - - -, γυναῖκα δὲ] τῶ ἀξιολο̣[γωτάτω - - -], Io[ulian - - - ten axiologotaten th[ygatera - - -, gynaika de] to axiolo[gotato - - -], she was a member of a prominent family and thus the association was related to the elite of the local society.


iii. Bibliography Forster, E.S. (1903-1904), ‘South-western Laconia. Sites’, ABSA 10: 181, no. 3.
Rizakis, A.D., Zoumbaki, S., and Lepenioti, Cl. (2004), Roman Peloponnese II. Roman personal names in their social context (Laconia and Messenia). Athens: 239, no. LAC 378.


i. Private association Certain
Note Since the ---]siastai are called a koinon and a thiasos and they issue an honorific decree for their benefactress, they must be regarded as a private association.