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Last Updated on 14 Mar 2017

Author: Alexandru Avram

CAPInv. 1309: U-BSR-006


i. Geographical area Black Sea Region
ii. Region North coast of the Black Sea
iii. Site Gorgippia (in its vicinity)


i. Association with unknown name U-BSR-006


i. Date(s) s. ii AD


i. Source(s) CIRB 1231 (s. ii AD)
Online Resources CIRB 1231
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Greek dedication to Θεὸς Ὕψιστος, Theos Hypsistos (cf. B, l. 15), preceded by a long but fragmentary list of names (with patronyms) of the members of an association.
i.c. Physical format(s) Fragmentary opisthograph limestone stele.
ii. Source(s) provenance Vicinity of Gorgippia (1892, formerly Yekaterinodar). It is certain that the documents has been moved there from Gorgippia.


i. Number The names (with patronyms) of at least 50 members are preserved.
ii. Gender Men
Note The preserved names are male names,
iii. Age Adults
iv. Status One of the members was a λοχαγός, lochagos (l. A 16), i.e. a royal official (cf. Povalahev 2011).


iii. Worship On the basis of the dedication to Theos Hypsistos, worship by the group may be supposed.
Deities worshipped Theos Hypsistos


i. Local interaction The membership of a λοχαγός, lochagos (VII.iv: Officials) suggests interaction with the royal court.


i. Comments This is the only association dedicating to Θεὸς Ὕψιστος, Theos Hypsistos (ll. B 4 and 15) outside Tanais.
ii. Poland concordance Poland B 120 P
iii. Bibliography Ustinova, Y. (1999), The Supreme Gods of the Bosporan Kingdom. Celestial Aphrodite and the Most High God. Leiden, Boston, Cologne: 199.
Povalahev, N. (2011): ‘Eine Bauinschrift aus Phanagoreia von 220/1 n. Chr. und ihr historischer Hintergrund: Text und Kommentar’, ZPE 177: 141-56 (about the office of a lochagos).


i. Private association Possible
Note Taking several local analogies into account, it is very probable that this fragmentary list of names with lacking heading was introduced by the οἱ περὶ τὸν δεῖνα, hoi pero ton deina formula, which would point to a private association. However, this cannot be proved: therefore, the possibility remains that we simply have to do with a list of people who decided to set up a dedication to the god.