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Author: Benedikt Eckhardt

CAPInv. 162: he techne ton bapheon


i. Geographical area Western Asia Minor
ii. Region Phrygia
iii. Site Hierapolis


i. Full name (original language) ἡ τέχνη τῶν βαφέων (SEG 41: 1201, l. 2; SEG 54: 1315, l. 6)
ii. Full name (transliterated) he techne ton bapheon


i. Date(s) 100 - 250 AD


i. Name in other forms ἡ ἐργασία τῶν βαφέων (Altertümer von Hierapolis 50, l. 3; Altertümer von Hierapolis 195, l. 6)
ii. Name elements
Professional:βαφεῖς, bapheis
iii. Descriptive terms τέχνη, techne
ἐργασία, ergasia
Note techne: SEG 41: 1201, l. 2
ergasia: Altertümer von Hierapolis 50, l. 3; Altertümer von Hierapolis 195, l. 6

Judeich read [ἡ] ἐ[ργασί]α̣ τῶν βαφέων in Altertümer von Hierapolis 195, l. 6; while Ritti (SEG 54: 1315) gives the text as ἡ τέχνη τῶν βαφέων, he techne ton bapheon.


i. Source(s) Altertümer von Hierapolis 50 (100 - 250 AD)
Altertümer von Hierapolis 195 (100 - 250 AD)
SEG 41: 1201 (100 - 250 AD)
Note See also:
Altertümer von Hierapolis 195:
Dittmann-Schöne V.5.4
SEG 54: 1315
Altertümer von Hierapolis 50:
Dittmann-Schöne V.5.3

Judeich's readings of Altertümer von Hierapolis 195 are corrected in a number of instances by Ritti (SEG).
Online Resources Altertümer von Hierapolis 50
Altertümer von Hierapolis 195
SEG 41: 1201
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script One inscription (SEG 41: 1201) declares the erection of a statue of the council of Hierapolis; the two other ones are concerned with grave-care. Greek.
i.c. Physical format(s) SEG 41: 1201 is a statue base; Altertümer von Hierapolis 50 is a large grave-altar; Altertümer von Hierapolis 195 is a sarcophagus.
ii. Source(s) provenance SEG 41: 1201 comes from the theatre of Hierapolis; the other two inscriptions come from the northern necropolis.


i. Archaeological remains An altar in one case, a sarcophagus in another.


iv. Endowments The association is the recipient of presumably several funerary endowments, only one of which (Altertümer von Hierapolis 195) is known in some detail: The deceased had given to the association a sum of money (the stephanotikon). According to Judeich's reading in Altertümer von Hierapolis, there was an annual distribution to be made from that sum; however, Ritti (SEG) takes l. 9 not as a specification of the sum, but of the date for the coronation.


ii. Meetings and events The association is twice mentioned as the responsible institution for the coronation of a grave. This was presumably done on certain dates. According to Ritti's understanding of Altertümer von Hierapolis 195 (SEG 54: 1315), l. 9, the grave was crowned on the eighth day of the first month. Judeich had taken the numbers to refer to the sum of money involved, which is more likely in light of the parallels (e.g., SEG 56: 1501).
iv. Honours/Other activities The statue base from the theatre (SEG 41: 1201) carried a representation of boule personified.


ii. Poland concordance Poland Z 64a (Altertümer von Hierapolis 50)
Poland Z 64*b (Altertümer von Hierapolis 195)
iii. Bibliography Dittmann-Schöne, I. (2010), Die Berufsvereine in den Städten des kaiserzeitlichen Kleinasiens. 2nd. ed. Regensburg: 234-5.
Ritti, T. (1995), ‘Associazioni di mestiere a Hierapolis di Frigia’, in B. Maria Giannattasio (ed.), Viaggi e commerci nell'antichità. Atti VII Giornata Archeologia, Genova: 65-84.
Ritti, T. (2004), ‘Iura sepulcrorum a Hierapolis di Frigia nel quadro dell’epigrafia sepolcrale microasiatica. Iscrizioni edite e inedite’, in Libitina e dintorni. Libitina e i luci sepolcrali. Le leges libitinariae campane. Iura sepulcrorum: vecchie e nuove iscrizioni, Rome: 455-634.


i. Private association Probable
Note Professional associations in the 2nd/3rd century were often very close to the official civic institutions, but they probably remained essentially private associations.
ii. Historical authenticity Certain