Altar for Hera by Zethus, agent of the thracarch Eustochius Celer

Monument III.1537
Editor
Georgi Mihailov, Nicolay Sharankov
Type of monument
altar
Material
limestone
Find place
Bratya Daskalovi
Origin
Found around Bratya Daskalovi. The coordinates are approximate.
Dimensions
height 102 cm, width 35 cm, depth 35 cm
Institution and inventory
Letter size
height 2.3 - 3 cm
Layout description
Rectangular altar, moulded above and below. Inscription on the front side. The first line is on the upper moulding.
Decoration description
Text
Category of inscription
private dedicatory inscription - prose
Date
AD 247 - 249 or later
Dating criteria
office, prosopography
Images
Text

Ἀγαθῆι (vac.) τύχηι
Ζῆθος πραγματευ-
τὴς Εὐστοχίου Κέλε-
ρος θρᾳκάρχου καὶ
5 Κλ(αυδίας) Ἀντίας Ἀσκληπιο-
δότης κυρίᾳ Ἥρᾳ εὐξά-
μενος ὑπὲρ αὐτῶν τῆς σωτη[ρί]-
ας σὺν ἑαυτῷ βωμὸν σ[ὺν]
κανκέλλῳ κατεσκεύα-
10σεν ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων.
Εὐτυχῶς.

AΓΑΘHΙ vacat ΤYΧΗΙ
ΖHΘΟΣΠΡΑΓMΑΤΕΥ
ΤHΣΕYΣΤΟΧIΟΥΚEΛΕ
.ΟΣΘΡAΚAΡΧΟΥΚΑI
5ΚΛANΤIΑΣAΣΚΛΗΠΙΟ
ΔOΤΗΣΚΥΡIAHΡAΕYΞ.
MΕNΟΣYΠEΡΑYΤΩNΤHΣΣΩΤΗ[..]
ΑΣΣYNEΑΥΤΩΒΩMONΣ[..]
ΚΑNΚEΛΛΩΚΑΤΕΣΚΕYΑ
10ΣΕNEΚΤΩNIΔIΩN
ΕYΤΥΧΩΣ
Text
To Good Fortune! Zethos, agent of the thracarch Eustochius Celer and of Claudia Antia Asclepiodote, after having prayed for their safety as well as for his own, made for Lady Hera this altar together with the enclosure, at his own expense. May it be fortunate!
⤦ n: 1

tag: lb
Ἀγαθῆι

lemma: ἀγαθός
tag: w

extent: unknown
tag: space
τύχηι

lemma: τύχη
tag: w
⤦ n: 2

tag: lb
Ζῆθος

type: official
ref: AT020
nymRef: Ζῆθος
tag: persName
Ζῆθος

nymRef: Ζῆθος
ref: Zethus
tag: name
πραγματευ τὴς

lemma: πραγματευτής
tag: w
πραγματευ

tag: #text
⤦ n: 3

break: no
tag: lb
τὴς

tag: #text
Εὐστοχίου Κέλε ρος

type: attested
ref: AT027
nymRef: Εὐστόχιος Κέλερ
tag: persName
Εὐστοχίου

ref: Eustochius
nymRef: Εὐστόχιος
type: cognomen
tag: name
Κέλε ρος

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

tag: #text
⤦ n: 4

break: no
tag: lb
ρ

tag: unclear
ος

tag: #text
θρᾳκάρχου

lemma: θρᾳκάρχης
tag: w
καὶ

tag: w
⤦ n: 5

tag: lb
Κλαυδίας Ἀντίας Ἀσκληπιο δότης

nymRef: Κλαυδία Ἀντία Ἀσκληπιοδότη
tag: persName
Κλαυδίας

ref: Claudia
nymRef: Κλαυδία
type: gentilicium
tag: name
Ἀντίας

nymRef: Ἀντία
ref: Antia
type: gentilicium
tag: name
Ἀσκληπιο δότης

ref: Asclepiodote
nymRef: Ἀσκληπιοδότη
type: cognomen
tag: name
Ἀσκληπιο

tag: #text
⤦ n: 6

break: no
tag: lb
δότης

tag: #text
κυρίᾳ

lemma: κύριος
tag: w
Ἥρᾳ

type: divine
ref: Hera
nymRef: Ἥρα
tag: persName
εὐξά μενος

lemma: εὔχομαι
tag: w
εὐξ

tag: #text
ά

tag: unclear
⤦ n: 7

break: no
tag: lb
μενος

tag: #text
ὑπὲρ

lemma: ὑπέρ
tag: w
αὐτῶν

lemma: αὐτός
tag: w
τῆς

tag: w
σωτηρί ας

lemma: σωτηρία
tag: w
σωτη

tag: #text
ρί

tag: supplied
⤦ n: 8

break: no
tag: lb
ας

tag: #text
σὺν

lemma: σύν
tag: w
ἑαυτῷ

lemma: ἑαυτοῦ
tag: w
βωμὸν

lemma: βωμός
tag: w
σὺν

lemma: σύν
tag: w
σ

tag: #text
ὺν

tag: supplied
⤦ n: 9

tag: lb
κανκέλλῳ

lemma: κάγκελλος
tag: w
κατεσκεύα σεν

lemma: κατασκευάζω
tag: w
κατεσκεύα

tag: #text
⤦ n: 10

break: no
tag: lb
σεν

tag: #text
ἐκ

lemma: ἐκ
tag: w
τῶν

tag: w
ἰδίων

lemma: ἴδιος
tag: w
.

tag: #text
⤦ n: 11

tag: lb
Εὐτυχῶς

lemma: εὐτυχῶς
tag: w
.

tag: #text
Apparatus
Letters in ligature:
2 πρ;
3 τησ, ου;
4 ου;
5 ντ, ηπ;
6 της, ηρ;
7 με, οσ, πε, τωντης, ωτη;
8 νε, τωβ, ωμ;
9 νκ, ωκ, τε;
10 νε, των, ων (ἰδίων);
11 ως.
Apparatus
Rectangular sigma and angular omega.

11ΕΥΤΥΧΩΣ on l. 11 is written with inclined letters
Commentary

The text of the inscription follows the edition of Mihailov and is rendered with some changes after a comparison through personal observation by N. Sharankov.

Zethus bears one name and is probably a slave of Eustochius Celer (for the latter, see the commentary on IGBulg 1449).

Celer’s wife has Roman citizenship and has two Roman praenomina, Claudia and Antia, as well as a Greek cognomen, Asclepiodote. She belongs to the noble family of the Antii from Pautalia (modern Kyustendil) attested in IGBulg 2050; IGBulg 2053; IGBulg 2068; AE 2006, 1254.

The word κάνκελλος on l. 9 is the Latin term "cancellus" signifying an enclosure around the altar.

Bibliography
Mihailov, Georgius. Inscriptiones Graecae in Bulgaria repertae. Vol. III.2, 1964.

Sharankov, Nicolay. Notes on Greek Inscriptions from Bulgaria. In: Studia Classica Serdicensia Vol. V, 2016, p. 305-361, Vol.. 329, .