Ancient Greek Inscriptions

from Bulgaria

Klada Bg

Dedication to Dionysus by Maestas, son of Medistas

Monument III.1732
Editor(s)
Georgi Mihailov, Nicolay Sharankov.
Type of monument
base
Material
syenite
Find place
under the present-day Koprinka resevoir
Origin
Institution and inventory
Dimensions
height 36 cm, width 88 cm, depth 71 cm
Letter size
height 0.5-3.5 cm
Layout description
Decoration description
Text
Category of inscription
private dedicatory inscription - prose
Date
First half of III c. BC
Dating criteria
lettering, archaeological-context
Images
Text

Μαιστας Μηδιστα
ἰερητεύσας Διονύσ[ωι].

MΑΙΣΤΑΣMΗΔΙΣΤΑ
IΕΡΗΤΕYΣΑΣΔΙΟNYΣ[....]

Maistas, son of Medistas, after having been a priest, (dedicated) to Dionysus.
⤦ n: 1

tag: lb
Μαιστας Μηδιστα

type: official
ref: AT021
nymRef: Μαιστας Μηδιστα
tag: persName
Μαιστας

nymRef: Μαιστας
ref: Maestas
tag: name
Μηδιστα

nymRef: Μηδιστας
ref: Medistas
tag: name
Μηδιστα

tag: #text
⤦ n: 2

tag: lb
ἰερητεύσας

lemma: ἱερατεύω
tag: w
Διονύσωι

ref: Dionysus
type: divine
tag: persName
Διονύσ

tag: #text
ωι

tag: supplied
.

tag: #text
Apparatus
Apparatus:
1 IGBulg Αμαιστας, but there is no A on the stone and no such name is attested.
2 IGBulg ἱερατεύσας (the Ionic form is probably transformed accidentally into Attic).
Commentary

The name and the patronymic of the priest are Thracian. The form of the verb ἰερητεύω is Ionic (Attic ἱερατεύω), but it is also typical for koine Greek.

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

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