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Author: Ilias Arnaoutoglou

CAPInv. 1530: eranistai hoi meta Blepaiou


i. Geographical area Attica with Salamis
ii. Region Attica
iii. Site Athens


i. Full name (original language) ἐρανισταὶ οἱ μετὰ Βλεπαίου (Agora XIX H 94, l. hand II.5)
ii. Full name (transliterated) eranistai hoi meta Blepaiou


i. Date(s) m. iv (?) BC


ii. Name elements
Personal:meta Blepaiou


i. Source(s) Agora XIX H 94
Note Ed. pr. Fine (1951: 13 no. 26).
Other publications: Finley (1951: no. 31A-B).
Online Resources Agora XIX H 94
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Greek horos of land and building sold under the right of redemption for 1,300 dr.
i.c. Physical format(s) Two fragments of a marble slab measuring 0,24x0,215x0,072m.
ii. Source(s) provenance Found built in a house NW of the Areopagos Hill, now in the Agora, I 5881.


ii. Leadership On the basis of the expression meta Blepaiou in the name of the group, perhaps Blepaios (Athenian Onomasticon s.v. (1) ) was the leader.


i. Comments Since Βλεπαίο[υ] (Blepaio[u]) is restored, it is likely that the genitive Βλεπαίο, Blepaio, points to a date c. mid 4th century BC, see Threatte 1998: ii 150-4.
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i. Private association Certain
Note Although it was forcibly argued by Finley 1951 and Millett 1991 that eranistai in horoi inscriptions should not be regarded as associations, I think that there are good grounds to consider these groups as private associations (see also Thomsen 2015). Firstly, in almost all cases they are identified as eranistai hoi meta… or hoi peri, an element that points to a certain embryonic or nascent collective identity. Secondly, they also pull their resources (or part of it) together to lend money, for which they acquire the legal standing as creditors, whose claim is secured. Thirdly, in case the repayment of the loan does not proceed, they may be represented in law courts.