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Author: Ilias Arnaoutoglou

CAPInv. 563: th[iasotai]


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


i. Full name (original language) θ[ιασῶται] (IG II2 1278, l. 8)
ii. Full name (transliterated) th[iasotai]


i. Date(s) 273 / 272 BC


iii. Descriptive terms κοινόν, koinon (?)
Note koinon: IG II2 1278, l. 7. The word is wholly restored by Wilhelm 1905.


i. Source(s) IG II2 1278 (273/2 BC)
Note Ed. pr.: An.Ép. 1905: 246, no. 11
Other publications: GRA I 17.
Online Resources IG II2 1278 and AGRW ID 3694
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Greek honorary decree for several officials of the group.
i.c. Physical format(s) Marble stele broken in two joining pieces, measuring 0.21x0.325m.
ii. Source(s) provenance One part of the stele was found to the north slope of the Acropolis in 1897, the second one in the National Museum. Now in the Epigraphical Museum, EM 8110.


ii. References to buildings/objects Reference to a stele in l. 13 is restored by Wilhelm 1905, ἀναγρά[ψαι] δὲ τόδε τὸ ψή[φισμα ἐν στήληι λιθίνει], anagra[psai] de tode to pse[phisma en stelei lithinei].


ii. Leadership In l. 5 there is a reference to leaders, ἡγεμόνες hegemones. According to the text they coordinate their actions with that of the honoured officials, but their name implies some sort of preeminence.
iv. Officials Treasurer (ταμίας, tamias, ll. 9, 15)
Steward (ἐπιμελητής, epimeletes, l. 9)
Secretary (γραμματεύς, grammateus, l. 9)
Comptroller (ἀντιγραφεύς, antigrapheus, ll. 9-10)
Record-keeper (γραμματοφύλαξ, grammatophylax, l. 10)
vi. Laws and rules In l. 2 there is an oblique reference to a law (νόμος, nomos), something that led Wilhelm 1905 to restore nomos in l. 3 in order to explain the obligation of the officials honoured to provide money for the burial of the deceased members, ll. 2-3: ἔδοσαν [δὲ καὶ ταφικόν τοῖς | μεταλλάξασιν τὸ γεγραμ]μένον ἑκάστωι κατ[ὰ τὸν νόμον] edosan [de kai taphikon this | metallaxasin to gegram]menon hekastoi kat[a ton nomon].
ix. Privileges Apparently, the association provided a benefit for burial to its deceased members (ll. 2-3).


i. Treasury/Funds In ll. 3-4 is mentioned that the honoured officials have handed down an amount of more than 1770 dr.: [καὶ πα|ρα]δε[δ]ώκασι[ν] ἀργυρ[ί]ου περιὸν Χ?ΗΗ?ΔΔ, [kai pa|ra]de[d]okasi[n] argyr[i]ou perion 1770.


ii. Gender Men
Note The attested names of members are male names.
iii. Age Adults


iii. Worship A sacrifice (θυσία, thysia) is restored in l. 17.
The reference to piety towards the gods (ll. 12-13: [καὶ εὐσεβείας τῆς περὶ τοὺ]|ς θεοὺς, [kai eusebeias tes peri tou]|s theous) imply that the group had, among others, a cultic function.
iv. Honours/Other activities The officials are honoured with a praise (ἐπαινέσαι, epainesai, l. 8) and a crown of olive leaves (θαλλοῦ στέφανος, thallou stephanos, l. 11).
The treasurer of the year of archon Glaukippos is ordered to provide the sum of 30 dr. for a dedication and a sacrifice, ll. 15-17.


i. Comments The decree was substantially restored by Wilhelm 1905. The ascription to an association of thiasotai relies on his reading in l. 8 of a (uncertain) theta.
In l. 16 the name of the archon Glaukippos survives.
ii. Poland concordance Poland A *22C
iii. Bibliography Arnaoutoglou, I. (2003), Thusias heneka kai sunousias. Private religious associations in Hellenistic Athens. Athens: 71.
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.
Ismard, P. (2010), La cité des réseaux. Athènes et ses associations VIe – Ier siècle av. J.-C.. Paris: 287.
Mikalson, J. (1998), Religion in Hellenistic Athens. Los Angeles: 151.
Osborne, M. (2009), ‘The Archons of Athens 300/299–228/7’, ZPE 171: 88.
Pakkanen, P. (1996), Interpreting early Hellenistic religion. A study based on the mystery cult of Demeter and the cult of Isis. Helsinki.
Wilhelm, A. (1905), ‘Attika psephismata’, An.Ép. 1905: 215-52.


i. Private association Probable
Note The officials, the functions and the honours attributed all point to a private association.