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I.Iasos 220 and the regulations about the priest of Zeus Megistos

A new edition
Roberta Fabiani
p. 159-184

Abstracts

The contribution capitalizes on a careful re-reading of I.Iasos 220, a well-known cultic regulation concerning the rights of the priest of Zeus Megistos dating to the Classical period (now preserved in the British Museum), as well as on the fortuitous discovery during the 2011 Italian excavation campaign of a fragmentary stele preserving a portion of a slightly later copy of the same text. During its reuse, the letters in the central section of the London stone were purposefully erased, thus making the newly discovered fragment particularly valuable. The new edition proposed here in some cases corrects, and in others confirms — despite subsequent conjectures — many of the first editor’s (E.L. Hicks) proposed supplements. The improvements on the reading of the text bring to light new details about priestly prerogatives and, in addition, all of the major problems posed by the document are discussed in the commentary.

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Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on October 2018.

Outline

The stone at the British Museum and the text inscribed on it
A new fragment from Iasos
The constitution of a new text

First lines

The stone at the British Museum and the text inscribed on it

Among the inscriptions from Iasos, I.Iasos 220 is particularly well known to scholars of ancient religion. The text, which belongs to the Classical period (see below for its dating), contains regulations about the honorary portions due to the priest of Zeus Megistos on occasions of different types of θυσίαι offered by citizens, metics or foreigners. This, and other documents, demonstrate that, at least in the 4th century BC, the cult of Zeus Megistos was one of the most important cults in the city.

The inscription, today held at the British Museum, was published in 1890 by Edward Lee Hicks in the third volume of the series Collection of Ancient Greek Inscriptions in the British Museum (GIBM 440). The inscription was donated to the British Museum by the Duke of St. Albans along with four other inscriptions, all of great aesthetic quality and of notable historical or documentary importance. The stones were taken to London afte...

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References

Bibliographical reference

Roberta Fabiani, « I.Iasos 220 and the regulations about the priest of Zeus Megistos », Kernos, 29 | 2016, 159-184.

Electronic reference

Roberta Fabiani, « I.Iasos 220 and the regulations about the priest of Zeus Megistos », Kernos [Online], 29 | 2016, Online since 01 October 2018, connection on 26 July 2017. URL : http://kernos.revues.org/2396 ; DOI : 10.4000/kernos.2396

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About the author

Roberta Fabiani

Università Roma Tre
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
via Ostiense, 234
I – 00144 Roma
roberta.fabiani@uniroma3.it

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