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Donation to the Smiths to Replace a Missing Statue of Hephaistos (ca. 100 CE) Argos - Peloponnesos


Argos (Peloponnesos, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), ca. 100 CE
Pierre Charneux, "Sur un décret des forgerons d’Argos," BCE 116 (1992) 335–343 = SEG 42 (1992), no. 273  = ID# 20469


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Small fragment of a slab of gray-blue limestone, now in the Argos Museum (inv. E 213). The term ἄφισμα is an otherwise unattested hapax legomenon but the likely meaning of "statue" is relatively clear in this case.

Nikostratos son of Nikostratos of the colonists (katoikoi) in Argos contributed funds to the synod (synodos) of iron-smiths (sidareoi).  Since I checked into the loss of the statue (?; aphisma) of Hephaistos from the temple (naos), I also put up another . . . upon the base.

Translation by: Harland



Νικόστρατος̣ Ν̣ικοστράτου ἐν [Ἄργει] | κατοικ[ῶν] πόθοδ[ο]ν τίθετα̣[ι πο]|τὶ τὰν σ[ύ]νοδον τῶν σιδα[ρέων] | ὡς διαλέγω περὶ τοῦ ἀπολω̣[λό]||τος ἀφίσματος τοῦ Ἁφαίστου | ἐκ τ[οῦ ν]α̣οῦ καὶ ἀναθῶ ἄλλο | [- - - - - -].ΙΝ ἐπὶ βάσε̣ι̣

Item added: December 16, 2015
Item modified: December 16, 2015
ID number: 20469
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