CGRN 7

Fragments of a sacrificial regulation on a large monument near the Eleusinion at Athens

Date :

ca. 510-475 BC

Justification: lettering (Jeffery; Lewis).

Provenance

Athens . The fragments were found primarily near the Eleusinion, others in the city centre. The stone fragments are now in the Athenian Agora storehouse and in other museums: see Lewis for full details.

Support

Twenty marble fragments, which were assigned by Jeffery to a large structure, possibly an altar. All of the fragments are heavily mutilated, and so we only include the more significant here: face A (fr. c, a and b, in the presumed order); face B (fr. f+g+h). For detailed measurements, see Jeffery.

Layout

Boustrophedon, but not stoichedon.

Attic letters: 12-15 mm high.

Bibliography

Edition here based on Lewis IG I³ 232, with the complete fragments and layout. NB that here, we excerpt only face A, fr. c, a and b; face B, fr. f+g+h. Despite the uncertainty in the order of the fragments, we maintain Lewis' continuous numbering for the sake of consistency.

Cf. also: Jeffery 1948, with ph. and more details of letter traces; Jeffery LSAG, p. 75-76 no. 44 with pl. 4; Sokolowski LSS 2 (fr. a.c.f+g+h).

Further bibliography: Mikalson 1975, for the Athenian calendar; Lebreton 2015.

Text


Face A, starting at fragment c, line 15


15[.]ια[..?..]
[..?..] χρ-
ιθ[ο̑ν
..?..]
[..?..] hεμιε[κτ]-
έο
..?..]
20[..?..]ουρ-
ιοι[..?..]
[..?..] ∶ κα-
ὶ το̑ι [..?..]
[..?.. βο]τύπ-
25οι
χ[..?..]
[..?..]α ∶∶∶ Δ-
Πολ[ιεῖ ..?..]
[..?..] τρῖς χ-
οίνι[κες
..?..]
30[..?..]εμ[..?..]
[..?..]ιν[..?..]
[..?.. πέν]τε χ[οίνικες ..?..]
[..?.. ἀλ]φίτο[ν][..?..]
[..?.. οἴ]νο τε[τάρτε ..?..]
35[..?..]ν ∶∶∶ Κορ[..?..]
[..?..] hιερέαι [..?..]
[..?.. ο]ἴνο τετ[άρτε ..?..]
[..?..] ἔτνος Ι[..?..]
[..?.. ἀλ]φίτον ∶ h[..?..]
40[..?..]ρτε hε[..?..]
[..?..]ν πέντ ..?..]
[..?..]χριθο̑ ..?..]
[..?.. φυλοβασι]λεῦσιν[..?..]
[..?..]λυτρο[..?..]
45[..?..]ειδι[..?..]
[..?..] ∶∶∶ ε[..?..]
[..?..]
[..?..]ο[..?..]
[..?..]α[..?..]
[..?.. μ]υστε[..?..]
50[..?..] ∶∶∶ Ἐρε[χθεῖ ..?..]
[..?..] vv οἰν[..?..]
[..?..]εντ[..?..]
[..?..]οινε[..?..]

Face B


vacat
[..?.. χριθο̑ν? hεμ]ιεκτα h[ε]πτὰο[ἴνο][χ]-
[όες
hέ]χς ∶ κα[ὶ h]εμίχον [∶ ..?..]
[..?.. hεκ]τεὺςμέ[λ]ιτοςκο[τύλα]-
ὀκ]τὸλαίο [∶] hεμίχο ..?..]
5[..?..ν hεμ]ιτεταρ[τ]έον [∶] τυρο̑ [τρ]-
[ῖς]
τέτα[ρ]ται[κ]υάμο ..?.. σεσά]-
[μον
λευκο̑ν τ]ρῖς χο[ίνικες ∶] μελ[ά]-
[νον
τρῖς χοί]νικε ..?..]
[..?.. δ]ύο [......c.11.....]
10[......c.11.....]υ[..?..]
[..?..]

Translation

(Given the extremely fragmentary character of the text, no translation is attempted; see Commentary.)

Traduction

(En raison du caractère très fragmentaire du texte, aucune tentative de traduction n'est proposée; voir Commentary.)

Commentary

Jeffery hypothesises that the rituals inscribed as part of this originally lengthy account belonged to the genos of the Kerykes, one of the two principal ancestral groups involved in the mysteries at Eleusis (the other being the Eumolpidai). Jeffery also argues that the document was set up at the city Eleusinion. As Lewis rightly notes, the rituals appear to concern the cult of several gods beyond the strictly Eleusinian ones (Demeter and Kore). No definitive solution can be offerred and the desperate state of these fragments—originally quite detailed, it seems—can only be regretted. The organisation of the inscription suggests an account or a calendar of some sort. After the more significant hectuple punctuation (∶∶∶), deities appears to be cited or perhaps ritual occasions (see below on lines A26-27); it is unclear which of these two options is actually the case. Smaller dicolon punctuation (:) separates individual offerings or other clauses.

Lines A20-21: Perhaps the dative of a festival is mentioned here as a heading for a part of the accounts. Possibilities include [Προαρκτ]ουρ|ίοι[σι] as reported in Lewis, or [Ἀπατ]ουρ|ίοι[ς] suggested hesitatingly by Sokolowski. The first occasion would be connected with the Prerosia (cf. Hsch. s.v.), and of uncertain date, while the Apatouria are thought to occur in Pyanopsion (cf. Mikalson).

Lines A24-25: The βουτύπος might designate any sacrificial agent, but here and in Athens especially, he might especially refer to the priest at the festival of the Dipolia, cf. LSJ s.v. and also on the βουφόνια. In this connection, it is noteworthy that the provisions accorded to this official immediately precede a mention of the Dipolia or its honorand (see below on the following lines). On Zeus Polieus, the Dipolia et the Bouphonia at Athens, cf. Lebreton.

Lines A26-27: The triple dicolon or hexacolon punctuation appears to signal the commencement of a new section in these accounts, either a new occasion or recipient for sacrifices. It occurs before what is likely a deity in line 35, below, and certainly before Erechtheus (almost certainly a deity) in line 50. The two options for restoration in this heading would therefore be Zeus Polieus, as given here, or the Dipolia itself, Διπολ[ίοισι]; both are possible. The festival is known to have occurred on 14 Skirophorion (see Mikalson). Cf. IG I³ 241, line 17, for the role of the Kerykes in this festival.

Line A35: The sectioning punctuation and the letter traces suggest a goddess, either Κόρ[ει] or Κορ[οτρόφοι].

Line A38: The reading ἔτνος refers to a thick soup made with peas or beans, cf. LSJ s.v.

Line A43: The phylobasileis are adopted from the suggestion of Lewis. The group of these officials was constituted by βασιλεῖς chosen from each φυλή to perform sacrifices, cf. LSJ s.v. citing notably Arist. Ath. Pol. 8.3, Poll. 8.111 and 120, Hsch. s.v. See further here the Athenian state calendar, CGRN 45.

Lines B1-B8: As Sokolowski and Lewis note, one should compare the striking similarity shown in the provisions of the deme of Cholargos for the Thesmophoria, CGRN 79. This part of the account would therefore pertain to that festival, taking place in 10-13 Pyanopsion.

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Authors

  • Jan-Mathieu Carbon
  • Saskia Peels

Project Director

Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge

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J.-M. Carbon, S. Peels and V. Pirenne-Delforge, Collection of Greek Ritual Norms (CGRN), Liège 2015- (http://cgrn.ulg.ac.be, consulted in [2017]).

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		<p>Edition here based on Lewis <bibl type="abbr" n="IG I³">IG I³</bibl> 232, with the complete fragments and layout. NB that here, we excerpt only face A, fr. c, a and b; face B, fr. f+g+h. Despite the uncertainty in the order of the fragments, we maintain Lewis' continuous numbering for the sake of consistency.</p>
		<p>Cf. also: <bibl type="author_date" n="Jeffery 1948">Jeffery 1948</bibl>, with ph. and more details of letter traces; Jeffery <bibl type="abbr" n="LSAG">LSAG</bibl>, p. 75-76 no. 44 with pl. 4; Sokolowski <bibl type="abbr" n="LSS">LSS</bibl> 2 (fr. a.c.f+g+h).</p>
				<p>Further bibliography: <bibl type="author_date" n="Mikalson 1975">Mikalson 1975</bibl>, for the Athenian calendar; <bibl type="author_date" n="Lebreton 2105">Lebreton 2015</bibl>.</p>
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					<head>Translation</head>
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				(Given the extremely fragmentary character of the text, no translation is attempted; see Commentary.)	
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					<head>Traduction</head>
					<p>
				(En raison du caractère très fragmentaire du texte, aucune tentative de traduction n'est proposée; voir Commentary.)
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						<head>Commentary</head>    
<p>Jeffery hypothesises that the rituals inscribed as part of this originally lengthy account belonged to the <foreign>genos</foreign> of the Kerykes, one of the two principal ancestral groups involved in the mysteries at Eleusis (the other being the Eumolpidai). Jeffery also argues that the document was set up at the city Eleusinion. As Lewis rightly notes, the rituals appear to concern the cult of several gods beyond the strictly Eleusinian ones (Demeter and Kore). No definitive solution can be offerred and the desperate state of these fragments—originally quite detailed, it seems—can only be regretted. The organisation of the inscription suggests an account or a calendar of some sort. After the more significant hectuple punctuation (∶∶∶), deities appears to be cited or perhaps ritual occasions (see below on lines A26-27); it is unclear which of these two options is actually the case. Smaller dicolon punctuation (:) separates individual offerings or other clauses.</p>

<p>Lines A20-21: Perhaps the dative of a festival is mentioned here as a heading for a part of the accounts. Possibilities include [Προαρκτ]ουρ|ίοι[σι] as reported in Lewis, or [Ἀπατ]ουρ|ίοι[ς] suggested hesitatingly by Sokolowski. The first occasion would be connected with the Prerosia (cf. Hsch. s.v.), and of uncertain date, while the Apatouria are thought to occur in Pyanopsion (cf. Mikalson).</p>

<p>Lines A24-25: The βουτύπος might designate any sacrificial agent, but here and in Athens especially, he might especially refer to the priest at the festival of the Dipolia, cf. <bibl type="abbr" n="LSJ">LSJ</bibl> s.v. and also on the βουφόνια. In this connection, it is noteworthy that the provisions accorded to this official immediately precede a mention of the Dipolia or its honorand (see below on the following lines). On Zeus Polieus, the Dipolia et the Bouphonia at Athens, cf. Lebreton. </p>

<p>Lines A26-27: The triple dicolon or hexacolon punctuation appears to signal the commencement of a new section in these accounts, either a new occasion or recipient for sacrifices. It occurs before what is likely a deity in line 35, below, and certainly before Erechtheus (almost certainly a deity) in line 50. The two options for restoration in this heading would therefore be Zeus Polieus, as given here, or the Dipolia itself, Διπολ[ίοισι]; both are possible. The festival is known to have occurred on 14 Skirophorion (see Mikalson). Cf. <bibl type="abbr" n="IG I³">IG I³</bibl> 241, line 17, for the role of the Kerykes in this festival.</p>

<p>Line A35: The sectioning punctuation and the letter traces suggest a goddess, either Κόρ[ει] or Κορ[οτρόφοι].</p>

<p>Line A38: The reading ἔτνος refers to a thick soup made with peas or beans, cf. <bibl type="abbr" n="LSJ">LSJ</bibl> s.v.</p>

<p>Line A43: The <foreign>phylobasileis</foreign> are adopted from the suggestion of Lewis. The group of these officials was constituted by βασιλεῖς chosen from each φυλή to perform sacrifices, cf. <bibl type="abbr" n="LSJ">LSJ</bibl> s.v. citing notably Arist. <title>Ath. Pol.</title> 8.3, Poll. 8.111 and 120, Hsch. s.v. See further here the Athenian state calendar, <ref target="http://cgrn.ulg.ac.be/CGRN_45">CGRN 45</ref>.</p>

<p>Lines B1-B8: As Sokolowski and Lewis note, one should compare the striking similarity shown in the provisions of the deme of Cholargos for the Thesmophoria, <ref target="http://cgrn.ulg.ac.be/CGRN_79">CGRN 79</ref>. This part of the account would therefore pertain to that festival, taking place in 10-13 Pyanopsion.
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