Stable URL: as PDF
Last Updated on 03 Jun 2019

Author: Vincent Gabrielsen

CAPInv. 94: Ei[s]iasta[n S]e[r]a[pia]stan (koinon)


i. Geographical area Aegean Islands
ii. Region Rhodes
iii. Site Lindos


i. Full name (original language) Εἰ[σ]ιαστᾶ[ν Σ]ε[ρ]α[πια]στᾶν (κοινόν)
ii. Full name (transliterated) Ei[s]iasta[n S]e[r]a[pia]stan (koinon)


i. Date(s) 10 AD


ii. Name elements
Theophoric:The gods Isis and Sarapis. The joint cult of Isis and Sarapis seems to have been introduced into Rhodes ca. 200 BC: I.Lindos II commentary on no. 185, where reference is made to ibid. 193 (priest of Sarapis and Isis in 170 BC) and IG XII 5, 914 (Rhodian dedication in Tenos, ca. 180 BC); cf. also D. Morelli, I culti in Rhodi. Studi classici e orientali 8 (Pisa, 1959) 69, 155-56, 174-75.
iii. Descriptive terms κοινόν, koinon
Note Even though it is not explicitly recorded, the word koinon is implied.


i. Source(s) I.Lindos II 392a, l. 14
Ibid. 391, l. 33
ibid. 392b, l. 17
Note In the present entry, the name is given as in I.Lindos II 292a, l. 14, where the restorations are fewer, but nevertheless confirmed by the preserved parts of the other occurrences.
Online Resources I.Lindos II 392a-b
I.Lindos II 391
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script I.Lindos II 391: Honorary dedication
I.Lindos II 392a-b: Honorary dedications
In Greek
i.c. Physical format(s) I.Lindos II 391 is a rectangular stele of Lartian marble. The upper right corner is broken. The upper and lower surfaces joined with other blocks. On the lateral faces there is a protruding decorative fillet.
I.Lindos II 392, too, is a rectangular stele of Lartian marble carrying text (a) above text (b).
ii. Source(s) provenance Both stelai have been found on the acropolis of Lindos.


iv. Honours/Other activities Our association honoured Lapheides son of Lapheides, the priest of Athana Lindia of AD 10, twice, each time with a golden wreath (χρυσέοις στεφάνοις, chryseois stephanois) (I.Lindos II 39, l. 33), his wife Nikasa, also twice and each time with a golden wreath (ibid. 392a, l. 14), and their son Lapheides, also twice and each time with a golden wreath (ibid. 392b, l. 17-18).
In both stelai, the Eisiastan Serapiastan (koinon) is listed together with other honouring bodies (public as well as private), which, in addition to other private associations, include the Rhodian demos and the Lindian demos: for the full list, see table in Lindos II col. 747.


i. Local interaction The Eisiastan Serapiastan (koinon) is listed together with a number of important public bodies (e.g. the Rhodian demos, the Lindian demos) and private associations, all of which (including our association) had awarded honours to members of a very prominent Lindian family: Lapheides son of Lapheides, priest of Athana Lindia of AD 10, his wife Nikasa and their son Lapheides: see I.Lindos II, cols. 41-2, stemma 14.


i. Comments Even though Εἰσιασταί, Eisiastai, is a (late) variant of the more familiar Ἰσιασταἰ, Isiastai, our association bears no relation to e.g. the Ἰσιαστᾶν ἐρανιστᾶν κοινόν, Isiastan eranistan koinon of IG XII 1, 157.


i. Private association Certain
Note The identification as a private association is regarded as certain on account of the two theophoric elements that constitute its name.