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Author: Vincent Gabrielsen

CAPInv. 98: Dionysiastan Neronianon (koinon)


i. Geographical area Aegean Islands
ii. Region Rhodes
iii. Site Lindos


i. Full name (original language) Διονυσιαστᾶν Νερωνιανῶν (κοινόν)
ii. Full name (transliterated) Dionysiastan Neronianon (koinon)


i. Date(s) 10 AD


ii. Name elements
Personal:Neronianoi indicates a connection to Tiberius (emperor AD 14-37), who in 6 BC withdrew from public life to come and stay in Rhodes (Suet. Tib. 10.2; Vell. 2.99.1-2; Dio 55.9.7 et al.)
Theophoric:From the god Dionysus, whose priesthood (and cult) in Lindos is attested in I.Lindos II 109, l. 8. See D. Morelli, I culti in Rhodi. Studi classici e orientali 8 (Pisa, 1959): 37-42, 122-126.
iii. Descriptive terms κοινόν, koinon
Note Even though it is not explicitly attested, the word koinon is clearly implied.


i. Source(s) I.Lindos II 392b, l. 19
I.Lindos II 392a, l. 16
I.Lindos II 391, ll. 35-6
Note It is the first of these inscriptions that preserves the name of the association in full.
Online Resources I.Lindos II 391
I.Lindos II 392a-b
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script I.Lindos II 391: Honorary dedication
I.Lindos II 392a-b: Honorary dedications
In Greek
i.c. Physical format(s) I.Lindos II 391 is a rectangular stele of Lartian marble. The upper right corner is broken. The upper and lower surfaces joined with other blocks. On the lateral faces there is a protruding decorative fillet.
I.Lindos II 392, too, is a rectangular stele of Lartian marble carrying text (a) above text (b).
ii. Source(s) provenance Both stelai have been found on the acropolis of Lindos.


iv. Honours/Other activities Our association honoured Lapheides son of Lapheides, the priest of Athana Lindia of AD 10, twice, each time with a golden wreath (χρυσέω στεφάνω], chryseo stephano) (I.Lindos II 391, l. 36), his wife Nikasa, also twice and each time with a golden wreath (ibid. 392a, l. 16), and their son Lapheides, also twice and each time with a golden wreath (ibid. 392b, l. 19).
In both stelai, the Dionysiastan Neronianon (koinon) is listed together with other honouring bodies (public as well as private), which, in addition to other private associations, include the Rhodian demos and the Lindian demos: for the full list, see table in Lindos II col. 747.


i. Local interaction The Dionysiastan Neroneianon (koinon) is listed together with a number of important public bodies (e.g. the Rhodian demos, the Lindian demos) and private associations, all of which (including our association) had awarded honours to members of a very prominent Lindian family: Lapheides son of Lapheides, priest of Athana Lindia of AD 10, his wife Nikasa and their son Lapheides: see I.Lindos II, cols. 41-2, stemma 14.
ii. Interaction abroad The second element of the name of this association (Neronianon) and the link that it indicates to Tiberius (emperor AD 14-37) suggests some form of interaction with a politically powerful Roman family, especially when it is known that in 6 BC Tiberius withdrew from public life to come and stay in Rhodes (Suet. Tib. 10.2, et al.)


i. Private association Certain
Note The theophoric and personal elements in the name of this association make it certain that it was a private one.