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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 763


SOTERIDES, A GALLOS OF KYZIKOS, AND HIS FRIEND MARCUS

Greek text:   IMT_1541
Date:     c. 46 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

The background to this unusual inscription is discussed by N.Purcell, in "The Sea: Thalassography and Historiography", pp.85-86 ( Google Books ). The cult of Kybele, the 'Great Mother', was popular in Kyzikos; see L.E.Roller, "In Search of God the Mother: The Cult of Anatolian Cybele", pp.332-334 ( Google Books ).


When Bouleides son of Metrodoros was hipparch.   Soterides the gallos offered a prayer to Mother (?) Kotyana on behalf of his own partner Marcus Stlaccius son of Marcus, who served in the allied force that was sent to imperator Gaius [Julius] Caesar, son of [Gaius], in Africa, under the command of the hipparch Theognetos son of Apollonios, in the quadrireme ship Soteira; Marcus was taken prisoner from Africa and carried off [into slavery], but the goddess spoke to me in a [dream], telling me that Marcus had been taken prisoner, but [had been saved from] great dangers; I called upon [her] . . .

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