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Author: Ilias Arnaoutoglou

CAPInv. 1559: koi(non) erani(ston) ton meta Chairippo(u) Halai(eos)


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


i. Full name (original language) κοι(νόν) ἐρανι(στῶν) τῶν μετὰ Χαιρίππο(υ) Ἁλαιέ(ως), (Meyer 2010: nos. 2-9, Face A, col. II, ll. 141-143).
ii. Full name (transliterated) koi(non) erani(ston) ton meta Chairippo(u) Halai(eos)


i. Date(s) 335 - 324 BC


ii. Name elements
Personal:meta Chairippo(u) Halai(eos)
iii. Descriptive terms κοινόν, koinon
Note koinon: Meyer 2010: nos. 2-9, Face A, col. II, l. 141


i. Source(s) Meyer 2010: nos. 2-9, Face A, col. II (335 - 324 BC)
Note Other publications: IG II2 1559; SEG 18: 36; SEG 25: 178
Cf. BE 1946/7: no. 87a; BE 1960: no. 137; BE 1990: no. 288
Online Resources IG II2 1559
SEG 18: 36
SEG 25: 178
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script List of dedications of bowls (φιάλαι, phialai, Meyer 2010: nos. 2-9, Face A, col. II, l. 143) worth 100 dr., in Greek.
i.c. Physical format(s) Marble stele measuring 0.205x0.37x0.115m.
ii. Source(s) provenance Found in Acropolis, now in EM 8182.


ii. Leadership On the basis of the presence of the name in the nomenclature of the group, it is likely that Chairippos Halaieus (Athenian Onomasticon s.v. (18)) was representing the group in the legal proceedings.


i. Local interaction The association was involved in a legal dispute, of an uncertain nature (graphe apostasiou or any other dispute?), with a non-citizen (metic, freedman or freedwoman). The outcome of the trial was favourable for the individual.


i. Comments Koina eraniston are always accompanied by an individual’s name (X son of X’ of the deme X and koinon eraniston). This pattern suggests to me that the individual mentioned by name, alongside the koinon eraniston, had a close relation with the koinon. He may not have been necessarily an official of the group but an ad hoc appointed legal representative, like the individuals to be elected by the Eikadeis in IG II2 1258 (CAPInv. 341) to represent the interests of the group in a law court, or Aischines of Melite for the koinon orgeonon in Agora 19, P5, 30-31 (CAPInv. 245). In these cases it is noteworthy that the koinon remains anonymous. Nevertheless, there are two inscriptions in which the koinon eraniston displays its nomenclature:
1) in CAPInv. 1558 the structure is as follows: X and the koinon eraniston those with Z son of Y.
2) in CAPInv. 1559 a slight variation is recorded: Z and the koinon eraniston those with Z son of Y.
This suggests a limited permanence and a variation as to the person who is representing the group. It is possible to argue that kai should not be seen as suggesting an organic link but simply simultaneous appearance in the legal proceedings. However, similar cases were recorded without a kai by an apposition of personal names (see Meyer 2010: nos 2-9, A, III, 62-66; Face A, V; no. 19, A, III, 29-34).
ii. Poland concordance Poland E *8
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i. Private association Certain
Note The terminology employed, the character of the proceedings, and the parallel cases strongly advocate for the presence here of a private association.