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Author: Stella Skaltsa

CAPInv. 802: U-AEI-008


i. Geographical area Aegean Islands
ii. Region Naxos
iii. Site Naxia (Le Ridder 1897: 20)


i. Association with unknown name U-AEI-008


i. Date(s) ii - iii AD


i. Source(s) IG XII.5, 54
Online Resources IG XII.5, 54
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script List of officials in Greek.
The text is partly preserved. The text records officials and personal names, all in the genitive. The right part of the inscription is not preserved.
i.c. Physical format(s) Oblong base. H. 26-27 x W. 42.5 x Th. 71 cm.
ii. Source(s) provenance It was found in Naxia (in the Jewish quarter of the town: IG XII.5, 54) in the house of Nikitas Kaparellis in 1892.


iv. Officials - βασιλ[έ]ω[ς (basil[e]os, l.3) (Note that Woerrle 1983, Chiron 13: 34 considers it a civic office)

- γραμμα[τέως καὶ τραπε]ζείτου (gramma[teos kai trape]zeitou, ll. 4-5)
Bogaert (1968: 202) considers the trapezeites a civic official, who at the same time acted as a secretary of the association. However, a distinction would have been expected if this office pertained to different bodies.

The aforementioned offices have been attributed to the personnel of a religious association. Although the titles of the offices refer to a cult, it should be left open to question whether the cult was public or private.

Note that the offices recorded in lines 1-2: ἄρχοντος τὸ δεύτερον τ[οῦ καὶ ἀρχ]ι[ε]ρ[έ]ω[ς] τῶν Σεβαστ[ῶν (archontos to deuteron tou kai archiereos ton Sebaston, ll. 1-2) are related to civic offices and they may have been used as a dating formula.
v. Other staff The following functionaries are recorded:
- κήρυκος (kerykos, l. 6)

- μ[αγείρου(?) (m[ageirou], l. 7)

- φ[α]σ[το]φόρου (f[a]s[to]forou, l. 8)


ii. Gender Men
Note Only male names are recorded.
iv. Status Although the inscription is poorly preserved it seems that all personal names are followed by patronymics.


i. Comments Several interpretations have been put forward.
According to the editor of IG XII.5, 54 the text contains a list of officials of an (Isiac?) association, of its functionaries, its members and perhaps names of mystai.
According to Herbst (1935) the offices, except those of the archon and the archipriest, pertain to religious functionaries with a liturgical character.
According to Bogaert (1968: 202) the text probably relates to a list of donors, recorded in an hierarchical order in accordance to their office. He correlates some of the offices with a religious association of an oriental cult. This view is also endorsed by Nigdelis (1988: 155, 'thiasos') and Savo (2004: 201, 'un organizzazione religiosa orientale').
Carlier (1984: 430-1) dismisses the view that the inscription lists the leaders and members of a religious association (SEG 38: 858).
iii. Bibliography Bogaert, R., 1968. Banques et banquiers dans les cites grecques. Leiden.
Carlier, P. 1984: La Royauté en Grèce avant Alexandre. Strasbourg.
Herbst, R., 1935. s.v. Naxos, RE XVI, col. 2092.
Le Ridder, A. 1897. 'Inscriptions de Paros et de Naxos', BCH 21: 16-25.
Kontoleon, N., 1953. ‘Επιγραφαί εκ Τήνου’, in Γέρας Αντωνίου Κεραμοπούλου. 224-41.
Nigdelis, P.M, 1988. Πολίτευμα και κοινωνία των πόλεων των Κυκλάδων κατά την ελληνιστική και αυτοκρατορική εποχή. Thessalonike.
Savo, M.B. 2004: Culti, Sacerdozi e Feste delle Cicladi dell’età arcaica all’età romana. I. Io, Nasso, Sifino, Serifo, Citno, Siro. Tivoli.


i. Private association Discarded
Note It is not clear whether the offices in lines 3-8 pertain to the organization of a public cult or they stand for the cult personnel of a private cult association. See also XII.i.