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Author: Annelies Cazemier

CAPInv. 906: oinopolai


i. Geographical area Aegean Islands
ii. Region Delos
iii. Site Delos


i. Full name (original language) οἰνοπῶλαι (I.Délos 1711, l. 1)
ii. Full name (transliterated) oinopolai


i. Date(s) 98 / 97 BC


ii. Name elements


i. Source(s) I.Délos 1711 (98/7 BC)
Note old ed.:
Roussel 1908: 429-30, no. 40
see also:
Durrbach, Choix 142 (incl. French translation)
Trümper 2011: 79, no. 26
AGRW 236 (incl. English translation)
Online Resources I.Délos 1711
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Dedication. Greek.
i.c. Physical format(s) small marble base with socket on top
ii. Source(s) provenance south of the 'Agora des Compétaliastes'


iv. Status Parallel to the olearei or elaiopolai (CAPInv. 905), it is thought that the oinopolai were also Italians (vinarii), involved in trade between Italy and the East (Roussel and Launey in I.Délos 1711; Roussel 1987: 95, n. 6; Bruneau 1970: 589: Rauh 1993: 29; 94; 97), but there is no direct evidence in support of this proposed Italian origin (cf. Hatzfeld 1912: 144, n. 2; Durrbach, Choix 142; Hasenohr 2007: 87; 2008: 36), unless the texts which are thought to concern elaiopolai (I.Délos 1713 and 1714; in both inscriptions, the term elaiopolai is largely restored) should in fact be connected to the oinopolai. See 'Comments' with CAPInv. 905.


iii. Worship The oinopolai made a dedication to Hermes, Dionysos, and Apollo.
Deities worshipped Hermes


i. Comments The dedication was made when Medeios, son of Medeios, from Peiraieus was epimelete of the island; and when Dionysios, son of Athenobios, from Eupyridai was epimelete of the emporion (98/7 BC: Roussel and Launey in I.Délos 1711; cf. SEG 45.116bis).
iii. Bibliography Bruneau, P. (1970), Recherches sur les cultes de Délos à l'époque hellénistique et à l'époque impériale. Paris.
Hasenohr, C. (2007), ‘Italiens et Phéniciens à Délos: organisation et relations de deux groupes d'étrangers résidents (IIe-Ier siècles av. J.-C.)’, in R. Compatangelo-Soussignan and C.-G. Schwentzel (eds.) Étrangers dans la cité romaine, Rennes: 77-90.
Hasenohr, C. (2008), ‘Mercure à Délos’, in A. Bouet (ed.) D'Orient et d'Occident: mélanges offerts à Pierre Aupert, Bordeaux: 27-38.
Hatzfeld, J. (1912), 'Les Italiens résidant à Délos mentionnés dans les inscriptions de l'île', BCH 36: 5-218.
Rauh, N.K. (1993), The sacred bonds of commerce: religion, economy, and trade society at Hellenistic Roman Delos, 166-87 B.C. Amsterdam.
Roussel, P. (1908), 'Les Athéniens mentionnés dans les inscriptions de Délos', BCH 32: 303-444.
Roussel, P. (1987), Délos: colonie athénienne. rev. ed. Paris.
Trümper, M. (2011), ‘Where the non-Delians met in Delos: the meeting-places of foreign associations and ethnic communities in late Hellenistic Delos’, in O.M. van Nijf and R. Alston (eds.) Political culture in the Greek city after the classical age, Leuven: 49-100.


i. Private association Possible
Note While the wine merchants (oinopolai) are commonly considered an association (e.g., Bruneau 1970: 589; Rauh 1993: 29; 34; 97; cf. Trümper 2011: 79, no. 26; AGRW 236), they could be a group making a one-off dedication, and there is no direct evidence to suggest that they formed a durable organized body (cf. Hasenohr 2007: 87).