Dedication to the healing deities by the first archon Eustochius Celer

Monument III.1449
Editor
Georgi Mihailov, Nicolay Sharankov
Type of monument
block
Material
marble
Find place
Bolyartsi, to the East of the village
Origin
Bolyartsi village. The coordinates are approximate.
Dimensions
height 36 cm, width 41 cm, depth 42 cm
Institution and inventory
Letter size
height 2 cm
Layout description
The inscription is on the front, surrounded by a moulded frame.
Decoration description
Text
Category of inscription
private dedication - prose
Date
AD 235 - 250
Dating criteria
prosopography lettering
Images
Text

Ἀγαθῆι (vac.) τύχηι.
Σωτῆρι Ἀσκληπιῷ καὶ
Ὑγείᾳ καὶ Τελεσφόρῳ
θεοῖς ἐπηκόοις ((·)) Εὐστό-
5χιος Κέλερ Ἀσκληπιάδου
πρῶτος ἄρχων εὐχαριστήρι(ον) ((·)).

AΓΑΘHΙ vacat ΤYΧΗΙ
ΣΩΤHΡΙAΣΚΛΗΠΙΩΚΑI
YΓΕIAΚΑIΤΕΛΕΣΦOΡΩ
ΘΕΟIΣEΠΗΚOΟΙΣ · ΕYΣΤO
5ΧΙΟΣΚEΛΕΡAΣΚΛΗΠΙAΔΟΥ
ΠΡΩΤΟΣAΡΧΩNΕYΧΑΡΙΣΤHΡΙ ·
Text
To Good Fortune! To the listening gods – Asclepius the Saviour, Hygeia and Telesphorus – thanks-offering by Eustochius Celer, son of Asclepiades, first archon.
⤦ n: 1

tag: lb
Ἀγαθῆι

lemma: ἀγαθός
tag: w

extent: unknown
unit: character
tag: space
τύχηι

lemma: τύχη
tag: w
.

tag: #text
⤦ n: 2

tag: lb
Σωτῆρι

lemma: σωτήρ
tag: w
Ἀσκληπιῷ

type: divine
ref: Asclepius
tag: persName
καὶ

tag: w
⤦ n: 3

tag: lb
Ὑγείᾳ

type: divine
ref: Hygeia
tag: persName
καὶ

tag: w
Τελεσφόρῳ

type: divine
ref: Telesphorus
tag: persName
⤦ n: 4

tag: lb
θεοῖς

lemma: θεός
tag: w
ἐπηκόοις

lemma: ἐπήκοος
tag: w

type: dot
tag: g
Εὐστό χιος Κέλερ Ἀσκληπιάδου

type: official
ref: AT027
nymRef: Αὐρήλιος Εὐστόχιος Κέλερ Ἀσκληπιάδου
tag: persName
Εὐστό χιος

ref: Eustochius
nymRef: Εὐστόχιος
type: gentilicium
tag: name
Εὐστό

tag: #text
⤦ n: 5

break: no
tag: lb
χιος

tag: #text
Κέλερ

ref: Celer
nymRef: Κέλερ
type: cognomen
tag: name
Ἀσκληπιάδου

nymRef: Ἀσκληπιάδης
ref: Asclepiades
tag: name
⤦ n: 6

tag: lb
πρῶτος

lemma: πρῶτος
tag: w
ἄρχων

lemma: ἄρχων
tag: w
εὐχαριστήριον

lemma: εὐχαριστήριον
tag: w

type: dot
tag: g
.

tag: #text
Apparatus
Letters in ligature:
4 πηκ;
5 ηπ
6 ωνε, τηρ.
Apparatus:
The text of the inscription is compared with the edition of Mihailov after a comparison through personal observation by N. Sharankov and given with some corrections.
4The first omicron in the word ἐπηκόοις has been re-written over a letter with vertical strokes.
The stone block has probably been reused because there are possible traces of letters from an earlier inscription near the left and right frame of the epigraphic field.
Commentary

Nicolay Sharankov dates the inscription according to the revised date of Eustochius Celer's office. He was a thracarch (president of the Thracian koinon) in AD 248-249, during the rule of Philippus Arabs and Otacilia Severa.

Eustochius Celer was a Roman citizen, but this inscription gives only his two cognomina - Eustochius (Greek) and Celer (Latin). His father was a Roman citizen as well but is mentioned here only by his Greek cognomen.

The dedicant's full name was Marcus Aurelius Eustochius Celer. His father Aurelius Asclepiades is attested as a legal representative of a religious society in AD 244-245 in an inscription from Cellae (IGBulg 1517) where the son is mentioned only with the name Celer. Eustochius Celer appears as thracarch in two other inscriptions (IGBulg 1537 and AE 2018, 1430) and without an office in IGBulg 5591.

Bibliography
Mihailov, Georgius. Inscriptiones Graecae in Bulgaria repertae. Vol. III.1, 1961.

Sharankov, Nicolay. Notes on Greek Inscriptions from Bulgaria. In: Studia Classica Serdicensia Vol. V, 2016, p. 305-361.

Добруский, Вацлав. За римский път и за някои римски старини в провинция Тракия.. In: Третий годишен отчет на Областната реална гимназия в Пловдив за учебната 1883/84 година., 1884, p. 1-18.