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[44] Honors by the City for a Purple-dyer (undated) Philippi - Macedonia

Philippi (Macedonia, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), undated
AGRW 44 = IPhilippiP II 697/M580 = AGRW ID# 2258
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1774


Slab of white marble first observed in 1872 in a military post that was subsequently destroyed. The similarities to a well-known biblical character, Lydia the Thyatiran purple-dealer at Philippi (Acts 16:14), and the circumstances in which it was seen only by one individual and subsequently lost, have caused some to question its authenticity.

The city honored as a benefactor the foremost person from among the purple-dyers, Antiochus the son of Lykos from Thyatira.

Translation by: Ascough

τὸν πρῶτον ἐκ τῶν πορ|φυροβάφ[ων ̓Αν]τίοξον Λύκου | Θυατειρ[ην]ὸν εὐρεγέτ[ην] | καὶ [ . . . ] ἡ πόλις ἐτ[ίμησε].

Item added: August 6, 2012
Item modified: September 6, 2020
ID number: 2258
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  • Michael Flexsenhar III says:
    June 6, 2014 / Reply

    I think there is a minor misspelling here. The text in Pilhofer vol. 2 reads πυρφοροβάφων but here προ|φυροβάφ[ων.

    • Richard says:
      June 15, 2014 / Reply

      Thanks Michael. I checked Pilhofer II 697 and it matches the Greek text we have for the entry. That said, I have the first edition of Pilhofer; perhaps he changed it in the second edition? Please let me know and I’ll add a note accordingly.

  • Philipp Pilhofer says:
    May 18, 2015 / Reply

    I just checked the 2nd edition and it says πορ|φυροβάφ[ων

  • Phil Harland says:
    May 18, 2015 / Reply

    Thanks for catching this, Philipp. I have made the correction here.

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