Description:
Four adjoining fragments from the upper part of a white marble statue base shaft without moulding (together W. 0.50 x H. 0.79 x D. 0.24). Top and bottom are lost, but both sides survive.
Text:
Inscribed on the face.
Letters:
0.022; ll.1-2 are cut more lightly than the rest.
Date:
Document i: Late first century B.C. for ll. 1-2, Reynolds first favoured Julius as Caesar, but came to think of Octavian; Document ii: early second century. (prosopography, lettering)
Findspot:
Necropolis, North-east: MAMA fragments found in a field wall north-east of the Stadium; other fragments stray finds.
Original Location:
Unknown
Last recorded location:
Museum
History of discovery:
Two fragments recorded by the MAMA expedition; found again by the NYU expedition, together with further fragments (62.268 a and b, 69.328).
Bibliography:
Two fragments published by Cormack from the MAMA records, MAMA 8, no. 446, whence Lane, Berytus 15, 1964, 27-28, no. 3, Robert, Hellenica 13, 128-131, BE 1966.397, Lane, Corpus Mon. Dei Menis I no. 120, ll. 1-2. Published with new fragments Reynolds, PCPS 206, 1980, 71-73, no. 1 whence SEG 30, 1980.1244-1245, BE 1982.355, AnnEpig 1980.866; republished by Reynolds, Aphrodisias & Rome, doc. 32, whence SEG 1982.1097, BE 1983.387, McCabe PHI Aphrodisias 147 McCabe PHI Aphrodisias 148
Text constituted from:
Transcription (Reynolds), publications. This edition Reynolds (1982).
1 Νίκη πάρ̣ειμ[ι] θεογενε[ῖ]
2 Καίσαρι ἀεὶ vac.
3 θεοῖς Σεβαστοῖς καὶ τῶ[ι]
4 Δήμωι τὴν Νίκη̣ν καὶ τὸν
5 [?λ]έοντα vac. Καλ[λ]ικράτης
6 Μολοσσοῦ ἱερ̣[εὺς] Μηνὸς
7[Ἀσ]καινοῦ καὶ Ἑ̣[ρμοῦ Ἀ]γοραίου [?τὰ]
8 [προ]γονικὰ ἀν[αθή]ματα αὐτὸ[ς]
9 [ἐπ]ισκευάσα[ς ἀπο]καθέστησε̣[ν]
9a vac.
1ΝΙΚΗΠΑ·ΕΙΜ[·]ΘΕΟΓΕΝΕ[·]
2ΚΑΙΣΑΡΙΑΕΙ   
3ΘΕΟΙΣΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΙΣΚΑΙΤΩ[·]
4ΔΗΜΩΙΤΗΝΝΙΚ·ΝΚΑΙΤΟΝ
5[·]ΕΟΝΤΑ   ΚΑΛ[·]ΙΚΡΑΤΗΣ
6ΜΟΛΟΣΣΟΥΙΕ·[···]ΜΗΝΟΣ
7[··]ΚΑΙΝΟΥΚΑΙ·[·····]ΓΟΡΑΙΟΥ[··]
8[···]ΓΟΝΙΚΑΑΝ[···]ΜΑΤΑΑΥΤΟ[·]
9[··]ΙΣΚΕΥΑΣΑ[····]ΚΑΘΕΣΤΗΣ·[·]
9a   
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Νίκη
πά
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ρ
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ειμ
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ι
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θεογενε
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<lb n="2" />
Καίσαρι
ἀεὶ
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<lb n="3" />
θεοῖς
Σεβαστοῖς
καὶ
τῶ
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ι
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Δήμωι
τὴν
Νίκ
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η
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ν
καὶ
τὸν
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<supplied reason="lost" cert="low" >
λ
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έοντα
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Καλ
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λ
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ικράτης
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Μολοσσοῦ
ἱε
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ρ
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εὺς
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Μηνὸς
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<supplied reason="lost" >
Ἀσ
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καινοῦ
καὶ
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</unclear>
<supplied reason="lost" >
ρμοῦ
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</supplied>
γοραίου
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τὰ
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<supplied reason="lost" >
προ
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γονικὰ
ἀν
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αθή
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ματα
αὐτὸ
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ς
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<supplied reason="lost" >
ἐπ
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ισκευάσα
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ς
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ἀπο
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καθέστησ
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ε
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<supplied reason="lost" >
ν
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<space extent="3" unit="character" dim="horizontal" />
</ab>

Apparatus

l.1: πα[ντ]είμ[ω ἀγάλματα?] MAMA, πά[ρ]ειμ[ι] Robert.

l.2: Καισάρε̣ι̣α εἰ MAMA, Καίσαρ[ι] ἀεί Robert

l.6: ἱε[ρεῦς Μῆνὸς Ἀσ]- MAMA

l.7: καινοῦ καὶ Ἑρ[μοῦ Ἀγοραίου τὰ] MAMA; ἀν[αθήματα πάντα] MAMA; [ἐπ]ισκευάσας [ἀποκαθέστησεν] MAMA.

Translation:

I am Victory, always present with Caesar, the descendant of a god. For the gods Augusti and the People, the (statue of) Victory and the ?lion: Kallikrates son of Molossos, priest of Men Askainos and of Hermes of the Agora, prepared and restored the dedications of his ancestors.

Commentary:

For the rededication, perhaps under an earthquake, the reign of Trajan seems probable. See Reynolds, Aphrodisias and Rome 150-156, and also ‘Further information’, 109, ‘Ruler-cult’ 42-43.

Photographs:

Fragment (1977)
 Fragment (1977)
Assembled (1980)
 Assembled (1980)
Assembled (1980)
 Assembled (1980)

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