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Author: Stella Skaltsa

CAPInv. 219: to koinon ton enatiston


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


i. Full name (original language) τὸ κοινὸν τῶν ἐνατιστῶν (IG XI.4 1228 l. 2; IG XI.4 1229, l. 2)
ii. Full name (transliterated) to koinon ton enatiston


i. Date(s) e. ii BC


i. Name in other forms τὸ κοινὸν τῶν θιασιτῶν, to koinon ton thiasiton (IG XI.4 1228, cr 1, ll. 12-13, cr 1, ll. 21-23)
ii. Name elements
Cultic:enatistai: those meeting and holding celebrations on the 9th day of each month.


i. Source(s) IG XI.4 1228 (e. ii BC)
IG XI.4 1229 (e. ii BC)
Note RICIS 202/0140 (CE no. 26; Bricault 2013: no. 93a)
RICIS 202/0141 (CE no. 27)
Online Resources IG XI.4 1228
IG XI.4 1229
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script Two identical honorary inscriptions in Greek (identical except of line 1) for Dionysios, archithiasites and Apollonios, grammateus.
i.c. Physical format(s) IG XI.4 1228: base of white marble
IG XI.4 1229: base of white marble
ii. Source(s) provenance Found in Sarapieion B.


i. Archaeological remains Sarapieion B (GD 96) lies in the Inopos river valley, on a terrace west of the Sanctuary of the Oriental Gods. It was probably constructed at the end of the 3rd or the beginning of the 2nd c. BC, as suggested by a dedication that dates to 196 BC (CAP Inv. 222). It seems to have fallen out of use sometime in the period of the Second Athenian Occupation.
Sarapieion B may not have operated as a sanctuary of Sarapis but rather as a meeting place of associations centered around the cult of the Egyptian gods, appropriately equipped with dining facilities for banquets.


ii. Leadership ἀρχιθιασίτης, archithiasites (IG XI.4 1228, ll. 2, 15)
iii. Members θιασῖται, thiasitai (IG XI.4 1228, l. 20; 1229 l. 20)
iv. Officials γραμματεύς, grammateus (IG XI.4 1228, ll. 3, 24; 1229, ll. 3, 24)


i. Number 26 members (including the two officials)
ii. Gender Men
iv. Status Apollonios, the secretary, was melanephoros (IG XI.4 1228, ll. 4, 26-27)

The association was of a diverse make up. The archithiasites, Dionysios son of Noumenios, was from Kassandria in Macedonia. The name Baliton is of Phoenician origin (Bal) (RICIS no. 202/0140; Baslez).
v. Relations Dionysios son of Noumenios Kassandreus (IG XI.4 1228 ll. 3, 14; 1229 ll. 3, 14) is also attested in a contributors' list from Sarapieion A (IG XI.4 1216 l. 9).

Apollonios, secretary and melanephoros, is also attested as an eranistes in IG XI.4 1223 l. 5.
Apollonios is also known by the Delian inventories of Sarapieion C, where he is attested as the donor of a poterion (RICIS 202/0421 bB II l. 71 = 202/0422 a l. 60 = 202/0424 A II l. 97).

Aischrion is also attested as an eranistes in IG XI.4 1223 l. 9.

Ariston may be identified with the founder/ leader of the koinon ton dekadiston kai dekadistrion (IG XI.4 1227 l. 3).


iii. Worship The koinon made a dedication to Sarapis, Isis and Anubis (IG XI.4 1228, l. 1) and another one to Isis only (IG XI.4 1229, l. 1).
Deities worshipped Sarapis
iv. Honours/Other activities The association honoured and crowned two officials, the archithiasites and the grammateus.
The archithiasites was honoured on account of his piety (eusebeia) towards the gods and his zeal (philotimia) towards the thiasitai (IG XI.4 1228, ll. 15-20; 1229, ll. 15-20).


i. Comments Sarapieion B has yielded a number of inscriptions attesting to six associations, active within its premises (CAP Inv. 215; CAP Inv. 216; CAP Inv. 217; CAP Inv. 218; CAP Inv. 219; CAP Inv. 222). All inscriptions date to the first half of the 2nd c. BC. A certain degree of connectivity is to be noted among the various associations on the basis of individuals who were members of more than one association (see esp. CAP Inv. 218).

It is to be noted that the name of the honouring body in the crowns of the two inscriptions (koinon ton thiasiton) is different from that of the honorific text (koinon ton enatiston). Both names stand for the same association, though one wonders whether the different form alludes to different degrees of membership.


i. Private association Certain
Note The terminology used (koinon) and the internal organisation (archithiasites, grammateus) make it certain that we have here a private association.