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Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 154


HONOURS FOR KRITON, PRIEST OF SARAPIS AT DEMETRIAS

Greek text:   IG_9.2.1107b
Date:   c. 117 B.C.
Translated by:   Sofia Kravaritou
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription has been edited with a translation and full commentary by S. Kravaritou, "Isiac Cults, Civic Priesthood and Social Elite in Hellenistic Demetrias" ( PDF ).   Another inscription shows that the worship of Egyptian gods was already established in Demetrias in the 3rd century B.C.; see M. Stamatopoulou, "Ouaphres Horou, an Egyptian priest of Isis from Demetrias" ( academia.edu ).


The hypostoloi proposed: since Kriton, son of Kriton, priest of Sarapis appointed by the city, acted towards all matters concerning the gods in a manner worthy of both his personal excellence and that of his city, without neglecting anything in order to show his eagerness and honourable attitude; and since, with respect to the worshippers {therapeutai}, he has not ceased to act with magnificence and willingness; and, in his desire to make his good intentions memorable, he granted from his personal resources, for both the gods and the association {koinon} of the hypostoloi, a thousand silver drachmas so that, when the hypostoloi have their meeting every year, by spending the product of the interest of this amount of money, the honours bestowed upon the gods may be embellished even further and the hypostoloi may enjoy for ever the appropriate benevolence;   for these reasons, it is resolved by the hypostoloi to crown Kriton, son of Kriton, with a golden crown and honour him with a painted portrait and allow him to share for his entire life the benefits granted to those disposed with benevolence towards the hypostoloi, while his crowning will take place perpetually in all meetings of the hypostoloi in the sanctuary; and it is also resolved to put up this decree and the crown in the most prominent place of the Sarapieion, where also his portrait shall be placed, with the following inscription: 'the hypostoloi honour Kriton, son of Kriton, for his virtue and goodwill towards themselves and for his piety to the divinity'.

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