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Letter of the World-wide Athletes Honoring the Deceased Euboulos (I-III CE) Knidos - Caria


Knidos (Caria, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), I-III CE
IKnid 234 = GIBM IV 794 = SEG 33 (1983), no. 869 = PHI 258583  = ID# 10472


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Base of grey limestone, now in the British Museum, inv. 1859.12-26.820 (66 x 104 x 50 cm). This fragmentary letter involves "the world-wide athletes" passing a decree of praise and consolation at the death of Euboulos, a young athlete. For discussion of this guild, see Pleket 1973.

Too fragmentary to translate.

Translation by: Harland



[οἱ ἀπὸ τῆ]ς ο[ἰκουμένης ἀθληταὶ καὶ οἱ τούτων ἐπιστάται Κνιδίων βουλῇ ἄρχουσι δήμῳ χαίρειν] | [— — —]Ν[ ]Ο̣Ν․[— ]Χ[— — —] | [— — —] περὶ τῶν [—]Θ․[— — —]․ισιν ἐπε̣ιδ[ὴ —] | [—]Λ̣[—]ΙΤΑ̣ΙΑΝ․[— ΑΙ [τ]οῦ χρόνο̣υ̣ [— —]ΝΤΑΤΑΘΗΙΟ̣Ν[— —] || [— τοῦ γε]νομένο̣[υ ψηφ]ίσματος τῷ παιδὶ τὸ ἀντ̣ί̣γ̣[ραφ]ο̣[ν καὶ δια]π̣έμψαι σημ̣[ανθὲν τῇ] | [τῆς συνόδου σφρ]αγεῖδι [ἵνα ἀ]ν̣αγ̣νωσθὲν παρ’ ὑμεῖν εἰς τὰ γραμματ[οφυλ]άκια ὑμῶν ἀπο̣[τιθῆται]· | [— ἔρρωσθε]· ἔδοξε [τοῖς] ἀπὸ τῆς οἰκουμένης ἀθληταῖς καὶ τοῖς τ̣ούτων ἐπιστάταις· [—] | [—] ἐπ̣ῃ[νῆσθ]αι Εὔβουλον Ἀπολλοδώρου τὸν ἥρωα διά τε τὸ ε̣ὐγενὲς αὐτοῦ καὶ [τὸ] | [— ἀπὸ τ]ῶ̣ν̣ προγόν̣ο̣ν φιλότειμον καὶ τὸ περὶ τὴν ἄθλησιν λαμπρόν, ἣν ἔφθασεν ὁ π[ονηρὸς] || [δαίμων ἁρπ]ά̣σας αὐ[τοῦ τὴ]ν νεότητα προμοίρως, φθονήσας καὶ τῇ πατρίδι τὴν ἐκ τοῦ π[αιδὸς δόξαν] | [διὰ τὸ] πρόθυμον αὐτοῦ καὶ μεγαλοφυὲς περὶ τὴν ἄθλησιν, τὰ μέλλοντα τῆς περὶ αὐτ[ὰ σπουδῆς γί]|[νεσθ]α̣ι̣· ἀνθ’ ὧν τὴν φθονηθεῖσαν αὐτοῦ νεότητα ταῖς μελλούσαις τειμαῖς καθ[οσιοῦντες ἐψη]|[φ]ίσμεθα αὐτοῦ εἰκόνος γραπτῆς ἀνάθ̣εσιν καὶ ἀνδριάντος, ἅτινα ἀνατε[θήσεται ἐν τῷ ἐπι]|σημοτάτῳ τῆς πόλεω[ς τό]πῳ ἐπιγραφὴν λαβόντα τὴν προσήκουσαν [—] || οὕτως τ̣α̣χ̣έως ΑΦ[—]Ο̣[—]ΑΡΠΑΣ․[—] τειμαῖς αἰωνίαις καὶ ἡρωικαῖς ὑπ[ὸ τῶν ἀθλητῶν τετειμῆ]|σθαι.

GIBM IV 794.
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Item modified: November 30, 2018
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