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Author: Maria-Gabriella Parissaki

CAPInv. 667: U-THR-006


i. Geographical area Thrace
ii. Region Inland Thrace
iii. Site Serdica


i. Association with unknown name U-THR-006


i. Date(s) ii / iii AD


iii. Descriptive terms κοινόν, koinon
Note koinon: Tacheva-Hitova 1983: 197, no. 11, l. 4


i. Source(s) Tacheva-Hitova 1983: 197, no. 11 (ii / iii AD)
Note See also: CCIS II 6
The text is not included in IGBulg, since the region lies outside the modern territorial borders of Bulgaria; but in antiquity it lay at the NW end of Serdica's territory.
Online Resources AGRW ID 14337
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Dedication in Greek to Zeus Hypsistos set up by the koinon.
i.c. Physical format(s) Limestone altar (0.81 x 0.60 x 0.40)
ii. Source(s) provenance Pirot (modern Serbia). Seen by von Domaszewski in 1886 at the courtyard of the city's old church.


ii. Leadership ἱερεύς, hiereus (ll. 5-6: διὰ ἱερέως Ἑρμογένους, dia hiereus Hermogenous)
iv. Officials προστάτης, prostates (ll: 6-7 διὰ...προστάτου Αὐγουστιανοῦ, dia...prostatou Augoustianou)

A προστάτης, prostates, in conjuction with an ἀρχισυνάγωγος, archisynagogos, also occurs in an association of Zeus Hypsistos from Pydna, see CAPInv. 41. For the term, see Kloppenborg and Ascough 2011: 232, 250.


i. Treasury/Funds The altar has been set up by the association ἑκ τῶν ἰδίων, ek ton idion (ll. 4-5), thus indicating the collection of a funds, even if on an ad hoc basis.


i. Number At least 19 persons (including the ἱερεύς, hiereus, and the προστάτης, prostates), but initially more since the lower part of the text seems broken.
ii. Gender Men
Note The recorded names are male names.
iv. Status Personal names are of Thracian, Greek and Roman origin, thus indicating a mixed onomastic environment. Gerov 1961 suggested that this association probably gathered craftsmen and merchants from Serdica operating in the region.
v. Relations Two brothers in ll. 12-14


iii. Worship The koinon dedicated an altar to Θεῷ ἐπηκόῳ Ὑψίστῳ, Theoi epekooi Hypsistoi (l. 2).
Deities worshipped Zeus Hypsistos


i. Comments The first editor (von Domaszewski, followed by Mihailov in IGBulg IV) suggested the restitution θία[σος] Σεβαζι|ανός, thia[sos] Sebazi|anos, for ll. 14-15 at the end of the text. But Gerov's suggestion that these lines should be read as personal names (ΘΙΑ[--], Σεβαζιανός, ΘΕ[---]ΤΟΥΤΑΣ [----], THIA[--], Sebazianos, THE[---]TOUTAS [----]) has met with general acceptance (Tacheva-Hitova, Mihailov in IGBulg V and Levinskaja).
ii. Poland concordance Poland B 89
iii. Bibliography von Domaszewski, A. (1886), ‘Griechische Inschriften aus Moesien und Thrakien’, AEMÖ 10: 238-44, esp. 238-9, no. 2.
Gerov, B. (1980), Beiträge zur Geschichte der römischen Provinzen Moesien und Thrakien. Gesammelte Aufsätze. Amsterdam: 188, 224-5, no. 5.
Kloppenborg, J.S., and Ascough, R.S. (2011), Greco-Roman Associations: Texts, Translations and Commentary, vol. I: Attica, Central Greece, Macedonia, Thrace. Berlin, New York: 232, 250.
Levinskaja, I.A. (1986), in Problemi antičnago Istočnikovedenija Moscow-Leningrad: 88-95 (non vidi, SEG 37: 623)
Tacheva-Hitova, M. (1977), ‘Dem Hypsistos geweihte Denkmäler in Thrakien. Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der antiken Religionen, III’, Thracia 4: 271-301, esp. 285-6, no. 13.


i. Private association Certain
Note The terminology employed suggests a private association.