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Dedication for Apollo and the Italians by Philostratos the Banker (1) (ca. 100 BCE) Delos - Southwestern islands

Delos (Southwestern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), ca. 100 BCE
IDelos 1717 = J. Hatzfeld, "Les dédicaces des portiques de l’Agora des Italiens à Délos," BCH 45 (1921) 471-486 = PHI 64157 = AGRW ID# 21265


Doric architrave of a building north of the Agora of the Italians (inv. Ε 85). Several other inscriptions involve this same banker (IDelos 1718-1724). IDelos 1718 and IDelos 1722 both involve groups of Italians and are included on this site. The remaining inscriptions do not directly refer to any associations but do provide further information regarding Philostratos' ethnic and other identities. In IDelos 1719 Philostratos identifies himself as a citizen of Askalon in Palestine as he dedicates an altar (on behalf of Askalon) to the Palestinian Heavenly Astarte, who is here also likely identified with Aphrodite. In IDelos 1720-21, Philostratos once again identifies himself as Askalonian and there dedicates another altar to the Askalonian Poseidon on behalf of his homeland. In IDelos 1723, Philostratos dedicates a base (perhaps a statue base) for the local deities, Zeus Kynthios and Athena Kynthios ("of Kynthos Mountain" on Delos). IDelos 1724 was found in what is likely Philostratos' own home, located north of the Sanctuary of the Syrian deities. That inscription reveals that, although Philostratos was previously from Askalon, he had subsequently been given Neapolitan citizenship before the dedication of that inscription. Three Romans honor him (on a base), likely with a statue.

Philostratos (?). . . son of Philostratos from Askalon, working as a banker in Delos, dedicated this . . .  to Apollo (?) . . . and the Italians (Italikoi) on behalf of . . . himself and the city (?).

Translation by: Harland

[Φι]λ[όστρατος Φιλ]οστράτου Ἀ[σκ]αλ[ω]ν[ίτης τραπε]ζιτε[ύων] ἐν [Δήλω]ι ὑπὲ[ρ ἑαυτοῦ καὶ τ]ῆ[ς πόλεως Ἀπόλ]λων[ι καὶ Ἰτ]αλικο[ῖς].

Item added: January 8, 2016
Item modified: January 8, 2016
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