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Author: Annelies Cazemier

CAPInv. 862: hoi [kordaki]stai [ton per]i ton Pythi[on] Apollona kordakon


i. Geographical area Aegean Islands
ii. Region Amorgos
iii. Site Minoa


i. Full name (original language) οἱ [κορδακι]σταὶ [τῶν περ]ὶ τὸν Πύθι[ον] Ἀπόλλωνα κορδάκων (IG XII.7 246, ll. 1-5)
ii. Full name (transliterated) hoi [kordaki]stai [ton per]i ton Pythi[on] Apollona kordakon


i. Date(s) Imp.


ii. Name elements
Professional:kordakistai ? - performers of kordax dances. The word [kordaki]stai is restored (IG XII.7 246, l. 2); there is mention of kordakon (gen. pl. of kordax) in ll. 4-5. Ross (1840: 74-5, no. 4 = 1855-1861, vol. 2: 639-40, no. 4) proposed an alternative restoration of [ὀρχη]σταὶ, [orche]stai (cf. Boeckh in CIG II Add. 2264o).
Theophoric:Pythios Apollo (hoi peri ton)


i. Source(s) IG XII.7 246 (Imp.)
Note older ed.:
CIG II Add. 2264o
see also:
Lüders 1873: 166 no. 50
Online Resources IG XII.7 246
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Fragmentary text, probably honorary. Greek.
i.c. Physical format(s) Marble base, broken on the left and at the bottom.
ii. Source(s) provenance Delamarre recorded the text at the church of Panagia Katapoliani in Katapola (in IG XII.7 246; cf. Marangou 2002: 239, n. 559). Earlier eds. note that the inscription was found among the remains of a temple of Apollo (Ross 1840: 74-5, no. 4 = Ross 1855-1861, vol. 2: 639-40, no. 4; Boeckh in CIG II Add. 2264o; cf. Lüders 1873: 166 no. 50), but no further details are provided.


iv. Honours/Other activities The text is heavily restored but appears to honor someone who served as choregos (IG XII. 246, ll. 9-10: choregesan[ta]); he is referred to as loyal to the emperor (ll. 7-8: philoseba[ston]).


ii. Poland concordance Poland B 161
iii. Bibliography Lüders, O. (1873), Die dionysischen Künstler. Berlin.
Marangou, L.I. (2002), Ἀμοργὸς I. Ἡ Μινώα: Ἡ πόλις, ὁ λιμὴν καὶ ἡ μείζων περιφέρεια. Athens.
Ross, L. (1840), 'Inscriptionum Amorginarum: pars prior', Acta Societatis Graecae 2: 67-82.
Ross, L. (1855-1861), Archäologische Aufsätze. 2 vols. Leipzig.


i. Private association Possible
Note Due to the fragmentary nature of the text (IG XII.7 246) and the uncertainty of the restoration ([kordaki]stai), it is difficult to say if the inscription concerns an association. The potential ending of a group name in -stai (combined with the use of hoi peri ton, known from associations of Dionysiac artists) may support the idea, but alternatively the text may simply refer to performers of kordax dances, not necessarily organized in an association.