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Author: Maria Paz de Hoz

CAPInv. 812: diataxis


i. Geographical area Western Asia Minor
ii. Region Lydia
iii. Site Philadelpheia


i. Full name (original language) διάταξις (TAM V.3 1462, l. 8)
ii. Full name (transliterated) diataxis


i. Date(s) ii AD


i. Name in other forms ll. 10-2: οἱ περὶ τὸν καθηγεμόνα Διόνυσον μύσται, Hoi peri ton kathegemona Dionysou mystai.
ii. Name elements
Other:Term probably denoting the organization of an association in subgroups.
iii. Descriptive terms διάταξις, diataxis
Note diataxis: TAM V.3 1462, l. 8

ἐκ τῆς διατάξεως (ek tes diataxeos): translation of Petzl in TAM: "nach dem Statut" following Keil and Premerstein interpretation. Cf. Nisson 1975: 50, 55 for the interpretation of the word as subgroup inside the association.


i. Source(s) TAM V.3 1462 (ii AD)
Note See also:
Keil and Premerstein 1911: 28f., no. 42
Quandt 1912: 179
Merkelbach 1988: 20f
de Hoz 1999: 191, no. 15.26
Jaccottet II no. 113
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Honorific inscription dedicated by the association to T. Ail. Glykon Papias Antonianos, a mystes, member of the diataxis and son of an archiereus and logistes of the sacred boule. Greek.
i.c. Physical format(s) Marble base with the inscription on one side. Under the text, representation of a dancing mystes dressed as a satyr with an animal skin and holding a thyrsos in the left hand.
ii. Source(s) provenance Floor of a room in the house of Kassab Hadji-Ahmed in the quarter Abubat Mahalle, in Alasehir, ancient Philadelpheia.


iii. Members The members are called οἱ περὶ τὸν καθηγεμόνα Διόνυσον μύσται
(hoi peri ton kathegemona Dionyson mystai, ll. 10-12)


ii. Gender Men
Note The only individually attested member is male.


iv. Honours/Other activities The mystes attested is honoured probably by the city (the first lines are lost).


i. Local interaction If the dedication is a decision of the city that probably means that the association has local interaction. The father of the honoured is archiereus and logistes of the sacred council. The cult of Dionysos Kathegemon, an official cult in Pergamon, is probably introduced as such in Thyateira and Philadelpheia, last one colony of the Attalids. Cf TAM V.2 976, 979 from Thyateira and Keil and Premerstein 1911: no. 29 from Philadelpheia for the relation of the cult personal with important offices of the city.
ii. Interaction abroad This association had surely interaction with the cult of Dionysos in Thyateira and in Pergamon, though there is no explicit evidence. It could even be a branch of the main one in Pergamon, what would explain the term diataxis.


iii. Bibliography de Hoz, M.-P. (1999), Die Lydischen Kulte im Lichte der griechischen Inschriften. Bonn: 191, no. 15.26.
Jaccottet, A.-F. (2003), Choisir Dionysos. Les associations dionysiaques ou la face cachée du dionysisme. 2 vols. Zürich: 204, no. 113.
Keil, J., and von Premerstein, A. (1911), Bericht über eine zweite Reise in Lydien ausgeführt 1908, (Denkschriften Akad. Wien Band 54.2). Vienna: 28f., no. 42.
Nisson, P. (1975), The Dionysiac Mysteries of the Hellenistic and Roman Age. New York: 50, 55.
Merkelbach, R. (1988), Die Hirten des Dionysos. Die Dionysos-Mysterien der römischen Kaiserzeit und der bukolische Roman des Longus. Stuttgart: 20f.
Quandt, G. (1912), De Baccho ab Alexandri aetate in Asia Minore culto. Halle: 179.


i. Private association Probable
Note The cult of Dionysos Kathegemon is an official cult of the city, though there is no reason to think the association is a public one.