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Author: Fabienne Marchand

CAPInv. 980: U-CGR-004


i. Geographical area Central Greece
ii. Region Boiotia
iii. Site Thespiai


i. Association with unknown name U-CGR-004


i. Date(s) f. iv BC


i. Source(s) I.Thespiai 313 (f. iv BC)
Note See also:
Roesch 1982: 138-42, no. 17 (SEG 32: 503)
Online Resources I.Thespiai 313
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script List in the Boiotian dialect of officials and members of an unknown association.
i.c. Physical format(s) Body of a cylindrical basis of beige limestone with moulding at the top. The crowning and the base are lost.


iv. Officials The hierarch in the genitive in the first line (ἱα[ρ]αρχίοντος, hia[r]archiontos, l. 1) seems to be the eponymous official.
Two θαμυρίδδοντες, thamyriddontes (l. 2) follow, who may have presided to the assembly (see below). The 19 ἁγιόμενοι, agiomenoi (l. 5) are interpreted by Roesch as ἡγούμενοι, hegoumenoi (leaders, guides). Schachter suggests that they are subordinate officials.
Eponymous officials Hierarch?


i. Number At least 22 members (19 hagiomenoi, 2 thamyriddontes, 1 hierarch).
ii. Gender Men
Note All members listed are male. They appear in the genitive without patronymics as is the custom at that time in Boiotia. The names Ἱσμεινόδωρος, Hismeinodoros, Πέρμιχος, Permichos, Πισίδικος, Pisidikos and Πτωϊότιμος, Ptoitimos, are typically from Boiotia.


i. Assemblies The two θαμυρίδδοντες, thamyriddontes may have occupied the temporary function of presidents of an assembly (Chaniotis SEG 55: 562).
iii. Worship The fact that a hierarch is mentioned points to cultic activities.


i. Comments The association is interpreted as an association of Thamyrists (i.e. honouring the poet Thamyris) by Roesch. However, the word θαμυριδδόντων, thamyriddonton in l. 2 probably rather comes from θάμυρις, thamyris, = assembly (see Chaniotis in SEG 55: 562 and LSJ). An association of Thamyrists is therefore to be rejected, and θαμυριδδόντων, thamyriddonton needs to be interpreted as a temporary official function within the association, perhaps the presidency of the assembly (Chaniotis). This is supported further by the fact that only 2 of the members listed are θαμυρίδδοντες, thamyriddontes.
iii. Bibliography Clay, D. (2005), Archilochos Heros. The Cult of Poets in the Greek Polis. Washington: 87 and 153.
Marchand, F. (2011), ‘Rencontres onomastiques au carrefour de l'Eubée et de la Béotie’, in N. Badoud (ed.), Philologos Dionysios. Mélanges offerts au professeur Denis Knoepfler, Geneva: 343-76.
Roesch, P. (1982), Etudes béotiennes. Paris.
Schachter, A. (1994), Cults of Boiotia. 3 vols. London: 41 and n. 4.


i. Private association Certain
Note The cultic activities and the internal organisation indicates a private association.