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Author: Maria Paz de Hoz

CAPInv. 815: hoi peri ton Dionyson [po]darioi


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


i. Full name (original language) οἱ περὶ τὸν Διόνυσον [πο]δάριοι (TAM V.1 91, ll. 2-4)
ii. Full name (transliterated) hoi peri ton Dionyson [po]darioi


i. Date(s) 167 - 169 AD


i. Name in other forms ἡ σύνοδος τῶν νέων ποδαρίων, he synodos ton neon podarion,
‘the association of the new podarioi’ (TAM V.1 92, ll. 2-3)
ii. Name elements
Professional:For the possibility that podarioi designates a professional association, perhaps in relation to the theatre and similar to the technitai association see. Hermann 1962: 16-17; Cf. Herrmann and Polatkan 1961: 121-2
Theophoric:The name includes the name of the god Dionysos
iii. Descriptive terms σύνοδος, synodos, (TAM V.1 92, l. 2)


i. Source(s) TAM V.1 91 (167/8 AD)
TAM V.1 92 (168/9 AD)
Online Resources TAM V.1 91
TAM V.1 92
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script TAM V.1 91: probably honorific inscription
TAM V.1 92: funerary inscription
i.c. Physical format(s) Both are steles with pediment; TAM V.1 91 also with representation of a crown.
ii. Source(s) provenance Both found in İcikler (ancient Saittai). TAM V.1 92 is now in Museum Manisa (Inv. 452).


viii. Obligations The association probably had funerary obligations (cf. TAM V.1 92)


ii. Gender Men
Note TAM V.1 92: the only properly attested member is a man, who died at the age of 43.
iii. Age Adults


iii. Worship The name of the association implies that it worships Dionysos
Deities worshipped Dionysos
iv. Honours/Other activities The association probably organized funerary activities (cf. TAM V.1 92).


i. Local interaction The cult of Dionysos is attested in Saittai through the name of a phyle, which means an official importance of the cult. The association could have had some interaction with that cult, though there is no evidence of this.


i. Comments It is not certain if the two different names of the association implies the existence of two different
associations, maybe one older than the other (cf. Herrmann 1962: 16), or perhaps one of younger
members. In this last case, the attested member in TAM V.1 92 would not be a member of the association. For associations in Lydia called neotera cf. TAM V.1 537 (of Men Tiamu, Men Tyrannos and Zeus Masphalatenos in Maionia, 171/2 AD); TAM V.1 451 (of Asklepios in Ayazviran, 28/29 AD). For an
association of neaniskoi of the gymnasion cf. TAM V.2 949 etc. (of Herakles in Thyateira, III AD), and
cf. TAM V.3 1556: νέοι φιλάνπελοι, neoi philanpeloi. P. Herrmann 1962: 43 interprets the word neotera
in the name of the association TAM V.1 537 as meaning ‘ein jungerer, spaten gegrundeter Verein’.
iii. Bibliography Herrmann, P., and Polatkan, K.Z. (1961), ‘Grab- und Votivstelen aus dem nordöstlichen Lydien im Museum von Manisa’, AAWW 98: 119-27.
Herrmann, P. (1962), Ergebnisse einer Reise in Nordostlydien. Vienna.
de Hoz, M.-P. (1999), Die Lydischen Kulte im Lichte der griechischen Inschriften. Bonn.
Malay, H. (1994), Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the Manisa Museum Wien.


i. Private association Certain
Note Dionysos associations are private though many of them have an important role in the public sphere.