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[180] Honors by Performers from Asia for a Benefactor (37-41 CE) Miletos area [Didyma] - Ionia

Miletos area [Didyma] (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 37-41 CE
AGRW 180 = IDidyma 107 = OGIS 472 = PHI 247174 = AGRW ID# 1361


Statue base of marble from the eastern front of the temple (114 x 47 cm).

The performers (technitai) from Asia working at the temple in Didyma honored Meniskos, adopted son of Melas, natural son of Zopyros, sacred-victor, who was victor three times at the Didymeia games; he was their foremost head of the gymnasium who accomplished the remaining things with extreme love of glory; and, he was ambassador to Augustus with respect to the inviolability of Didymean Apollo and the privileges of the city. He has also been honored by Asia, by the People of the Milesians, and by the elders’ council (gerousia) with golden images and statues and with other great honors, being a descendant of king Lykomedes. They dedicated this to the Didymean god (i.e. Apollo) and to Pythian Artemis (i.e. sister of Apollo) on account of his virtuous behaviour and good-will towards them.

Translation by: Harland

[οἱ] ἀπὸ τῆς Ἀσίας τεχνεῖται | οἱ ἐργαζόμενοι τὸν ἐν Διδύ̣|μοις ναὸν v Μενίσκον Μέλα̣|νος φύσει δὲ Ζωπύρου, ἱερο||νίκην, νικήσαντα τὰ Διδύμηα | τρίς, γυμνασιαρχήσαντα α̣[ὑ]|τῶν πρῶτον καὶ τὰς λοιπ̣[ὰς] | ἐπιτελέσαντα αὑτοῖ[ς κα]|θ’ ὑπερβολὴν φιλοδοξίας, [πρεσ]||[β]εύσαντα πρὸς τὸν Σεβασ[τὸν] | ὑπὲρ τῆς ἀσυλίας τοῦ Διδυ|μέως Ἀπόλλωνος καὶ τῶν τῆς̣ | πόλεως δικαίων, τειμηθέντα | ὑπό τε τῆς Ἀσίας καὶ τοῦ δήμου̣ || τοῦ Μιλησίων καὶ τῆς γερου|σίας χρυσαῖς εἰκόσι καὶ ἀν|δριᾶσιν καὶ ταῖς ἄλλαις με|γίσταις τειμαῖς, ἀπόγονον | ὄντα Λυκομήδους βασιλέ||ως, ἀρετῆς ἕνεκα καὶ εὐνοίας | τῆς εἰς αὑτοὺς Ἀπόλλωνι | [Διδυμῖ] καὶ Ἀρτέμιδι Πυ| vac. θείηι.

Item added: December 14, 2011
Item modified: December 8, 2015
ID number: 1361
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