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CAPInv. 989: to koinon ton peri ton Dionyson techniton] ton ex Isthmou kai Nemeas, s[yntelounton de] en Thebais


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


i. Full name (original language) τὸ κοινὸν τῶν περὶ τὸν Διόν[υσον τεχνιτῶν] τ̣ῶν ἐξ Ἰσθμοῦ καὶ Νεμέας, σ[υντελούντων δὲ] ἐν Θήβαις (IG VII 2485, ll. 3-4)
ii. Full name (transliterated) to koinon ton peri ton Dionyson techniton] ton ex Isthmou kai Nemeas, s[yntelounton de] en Thebais


i. Date(s) ii BC


i. Name in other forms τὸ κοινὸν τῶν περὶ τὸν Διόνυσον τεχνιτῶν τῶν ἐν Θήβαις, to koinon ton peri ton dionyson techniton ton en Thebais (IG VII 2484, ll. 1-3 and SEG 32: 438 (largely restored in the latter))
ἡ ἐσθλὴ τεχνιτῶν μουσοπόλων σύνοδος, he esthle techniton mousopolon synodos (IG VII 2484, ll. 5-6; poetic name in a pentametric dedication)
τ[ι]νας τῶν ἐν Θήβαις καὶ Βοιωτίαι τεχνιτῶν, t[i]nas ton en Thebais kai Boiotiai techniton (F.Delphes III.2 70, l. 40)
οἱ ἐν Θήβαις τεχνῖται καὶ τινες τῶν ἐγ Βοιωτίας, hoi en Thebais technitai kai tines ton eg Boiotias (F.Delphes III.2 70, l. 50)
ii. Name elements
Cultic:peri ton Dionyson (IG VII 2485, l. 1)
Geographical:Isthmos and Nemea
Professional:technitai (IG VII 2485, l. 1)
iii. Descriptive terms κοινόν, koinon
σύνοδος, synodos
Note koinon: IG VII 2484, l. 1; IG VII 2485, l. 1; SEG 32: 438, l. 1
synodos: IG VII 2484, l. 6

On συντελεῖν, syntelein: Le Guen I: 21-4.


i. Source(s) IG VII 2484 (s. ii BC)
IG VII 2485 (s. ii BC)
SEG 32: 438 (ii BC)
F.Delphes III.2 70 (112 BC)
Note See also:
IG VII 2484:
Roesch 1982: 194-6, no. 40
Le Guen I no. 27
Aneziri no. B12
IG VII 2485:
Roesch 1982: 196, no. 41
Le Guen I no. 28
Aneziri no. B13
SEG 32: 438:
Roesch 1982: 196-7, no. 42
Le Guen I no. 29
Aneziri no. B14
F.Delphes III.2 70:
French translation with commentary now available in Jacquemin, Mulliez and Rougemont 2012: no. 196 (lines 31-66), and Le Guen I no. 12. See also Sherk 1969: no. 15 and Aneziri no. C2.
Online Resources IG VII 2484
IG VII 2485
SEG 32: 438
F.Delphes III.2 70
i.a. Source type(s) Epigraphic source(s)
i.b. Document(s) typology & language/script IG VII 2484-5 and SEG 32: 438: statue bases erected by the technitai.
F.Delphes III.2 70: arbitration by the Roman Senate of a dispute between the Athenian and Isthmian technitai.
All inscriptions are written in Greek.
i.c. Physical format(s) IG VII 2484: statue base of grey limestone.
IG VII 2485: statue base, now lost.
SEG 32: 438: large crowning of base in white limestone, broken to the right.
F.Delphes III.2 70: engraved on the foundation of the Athenian Treasury at Delphi.


ii. References to buildings/objects The dissident group composed of various technitai from Thebes and from other Boiotian cities took with them the archive (γράμματα, grammata, F.Delphes III.2 70, l. 41), offerings (τὰ ἀναθήματα, ta anathemata, F.Delphes III.2 70, l. 44) and sacred crowns.


iii. Members τεχνῖται, technitai


i. Treasury/Funds The dissident group, including the Theban technitai, took the treasury with them.


iii. Worship In IG VII 2484, l. 6 the technitai call themselves σύνοδος τῶν τεχνιτῶν μουσοπόλων, synodos ton techniton mousopolon, implying that they celebrate a cult to the Muses. The fact that they are organised περὶ τὸν Διόνυσον, peri ton Dionyson also implies a cult to that deity (see Le Guen I: apparatus criticus to no. 27). On the technitai and Dionysos and the Muses: Le Guen 2001: 84-6.
iv. Honours/Other activities They honour euergetai by dedicating their statues. IG VII 2384 and SEG 32: 538: the statue is dedicated to Dionysos. IG VII 2485 is fragmentary, and likely to have been dedicated to the same god.


ii. Interaction abroad The dispute led them to interact with the Roman Senate for arbitration. On Rome and the technitai: Le Guen 2001: 26-7 and 102-4.


i. Comments These technitai are a local branch of the Isthmian technitai established at Thebes. A dispute between the Athenian and Isthmian technitai (138 or 134 - 112 BC) led to the defection of the Theban technitai, along with those of other Boiotian cities (unspecified). They joined other dissidents from the Isthmian technitai. They took with them the archive (or at least part of it), money, dedications and sacred crowns. As a result the original association was deprived of priesthoods, and religious duties towards Dionysos, the other gods and the Romans, their common benefactors, could not be performed. The new association of technitai is thought to have entertained good relations with the technitai of Athens. On the dispute: see among many others Aneziri 306-16; Le Guen I: apparatus criticus to no. 12; Manieri 2009.
iii. Bibliography Aneziri, S. (2003), Die Vereine der dionysischen Techniten im Kontext der hellenistischen Gesellschaft. Untersuchungen zur Geschichte, Organisation und Wirkung der hellenistischen Technitenvereine. Stuttgart.
Jacquemin, A., Mulliez, D., and Rougemont, G. (2012), Choix d'inscriptions de Delphes, traduites et commentées. Athens.
Le Guen, B. (2001), Les compagnies d'artistes dionysiaques. Nancy.
Pickard-Cambridge, A. (1988), The dramatic festivals of Athens. rev. edn. Oxford: 284-5.
Manieri, A. (2009), Agoni Poetico-musicali nella Grecia Antica, 1. Beozia. Roma.
Roesch, P. (1982), Etudes béotiennes. Paris: 194-8.
Sherk, R.K. (1969), Roman Documents from the Greek East. Senatus Consulta and Epistuale to the Age of Augustus. Baltimore.


i. Private association Certain
Note The Dionysiac technitai present all features of a private association. The internal organization of the Dionysiac technitai has been meticulously established in modern scholarship.