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Last Updated on 12 Jul 2019

Author: Nikolaos Giannakopoulos

CAPInv. GR-43: thiasoi


i. Geographical area Western Asia Minor
ii. Region Mysia
iii. Site Daskyleion


i.a. Full reference (original language) θίασοι (I.Kyz. 540, l. 1)
i.b. Full reference (transliterated) thiasoi
ii. Reference context Certain thiasoi set up a funerary epigram for an unnamed deceased (I.Kyz. 540, l. 1: θίασοι μνήμης χάριν, thiasoi mnemes charin). At the end of the epigram all initiates of Dionysos who pass by the grave are invited to say farewell to the deceased (I.Kyz. 540, ll. 6-7: χαίρετ’ ἐμοὶ παράγοντες [ἀε]ὶ μύσται Διονύσου, chairet' emoi paragontes aei mystai Dionysou).


i. Date(s) Inc.


i. Descriptive terms θίασοι, thiasoi
Note l. 1


i. Source(s) I.Kyz. 540
Note Cf. Corsten 1988: 72-74 no. 2 (SEG XLVIII 1255-1258);
Jaccottet 2003: II 147-148 no. 74;
Online Resources I.Kyz. 540
AGRW 7233
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Funerary epigram in Greek.
i.c. Physical format(s) Grave stele with relief depicting Dionysos holding a scepter.
ii. Source(s) provenance The inscription was found at Beychiftlik (or Yalichiftlik), between Daskyleion and the river Rhyndacus (see Mendel 1900: 375; Hasluck 1910: 288 nr. 312; E. Schwertheim in I.Kyz. 540).


iii. Members The μύσται Διονύσου, mystai Dionysou (I.Kyz. 540, l. 7) invited to say farewell to the deceased is probably a term denoting members of the thiasoi who set up the funerary inscription.


i. Comments As Corsten has pointed out (1988: 73), the inscription testifies to the existence of various thiasoi devoted to the cult of Dionysus in the area of Daskyleion. The invitation addressed to the mystai Dionysou at the end of the epigram indicates that these thiasoi were involved in the celebration of Dionysaic mysteries. Cf. also Jaccottet 2003: II 148.
ii. Poland concordance Poland B 411A
iii. Bibliography Corsten, T. (1988), ‘Daskyleion am Meer’, EA 12: 53-76.
Hasluck, F. W. (1910), Cyzicus. Cambridge.
Jaccottet, A.-Fr. (2003), Choisir Dionysos. Les associations dionysiaques ou la face cachée du dionysisme II. Les documents. Zürich.
Mendel, G. (1900), ‘Inscriptions de Bithynie’, BCH 24: 361-426.


i. Private associations Certain
Note The term thiasoi refers to private religious associations.