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Author: Stella Skaltsa

CAPInv. 106: Dios Milichiastai


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


i. Full name (original language) Διὸς Μιλιχιασταί (IG XII.3 104, l. 15)
ii. Full name (transliterated) Dios Milichiastai


i. Date(s) i (?) AD


ii. Name elements
Cultic:milichios: cultic epithet of Zeus


i. Source(s) IG XII.3 104, l. 15 (i AD?)
Note IGR IV 1110
AGRW 246
Online Resources IG XII.3 104

AGRW ID 1683
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Honorific inscription in Greek for Gnomagoras son of Dorotheos, Neisyrios, enumerating his services in the sacred, military and political sphere. The text of the inscription breaks off in line 17. The honouring body is not known. The inscription is carved on the statue base that would support Gnomagoras' statue.
i.c. Physical format(s) Cylindrical statue base moulded above (H. 74 cm).
ii. Source(s) provenance Reused as the altar support in the church of Katholike in Mandraki.


iv. Status The honorand, Gnomagoras, son of Dorotheos, Neisyrios, was a high-profile individual, holding high-ranked offices, performing services in the sacred and civic sphere. He was commander of a triemiolia, assumed the office of damiourgos (eponymous magistrate) and held the office of gymnasiarchy. During his gymnasiarchy, he supplied oil for 13 months to all freeborn citizens and his benevolence extended to those settling in Nisyros and to foreign residents. He was honoured by a number of public and private bodies. He showed his adherence to the imperial power, by serving as priest of the imperial cult (IG XII.3 104). He was crowned with multiple golden crowns by the boule and honoured by a number of private associations:
- Hermaizontes: CAP Inv. 104
- Aphrodiastai Syroi: CAP Inv. 105
- [Dion]ysiastai Ey[rythemid]ioi: CAP Inv. 107
He made himself pleasant to all koineia in Nisyros (CAP Inv. GR-9).


iv. Honours/Other activities The Dios Milichiastai honoured Gnomagoras.


i. Comments Two more dedications to Zeus Milichios were found in Mandraki (IG XII.3 95; IG XII.3 96).
It is interesting to note that IG XII.3 96 is a thank-offering to Zeus Meilichios set up by foreigners originating from Asia Minor (Pisidia, Cappadocia, Ephesos), Thrace and Kos. The editor of IG XII.3 postulates that this list contained members of the koinon of Zeus Meilichios.
ii. Poland concordance Poland B 243.


i. Private association Certain
Note The name of group, cultic in nature, suggests that this group is a private association. Due to the nature of evidence (honorific inscription) we know next to nothing about its internal organization.