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Honors by Eratideians for Xenophantos (ca. 220 BCE) Rhodos on Rhodes - Southeastern islands

Rhodos on Rhodes (Southeastern islands, Aegean Islands — Pleiades map), ca. 220 BCE
IG XII,1 40 = PHI 138575 = AGRW ID# 14783


Statue base. The Rhodians went on an expedition against Byzantion in 220 BCE over the imposition of tolls on ships passing through the straits to the Black Sea, and Xenophantos was the commander of the first fleet (see Gabrielsen 2001, 226).

. . . Name son of Xenophantos (?) . . . and adopted son of Hagemon and the association of Eratideians (Eratideioi; i.e. devoted to the legendary dynasty of Eratidai, or a tribe [?]) honored Xenophantos son of Agestratos.  This is dedicated to the gods.

(In verse:) They were not labouring in vain in giving thanks for brave accomplishments, but works of the hands and of strength are much less powerful than words.  For this son of Agestratos, Xenophantos, accomplished many things among citizens and foreigners and is very worthy of fame.  Those setting this up as a thanks on his return home say these glorifying words of Pieris (i.e. the poet who wrote the verse for them).

Timocharis of Eleutherna made this.

Translation by: Harland

[ὁ δεῖνα Ξενοφάν]του | [καθ’ ὑοθεσία]ν̣ δὲ Ἁγήμονος | [καὶ] τ̣<ὸ> [Ἐρ]α̣τ̣ιδείων κοινὸν | [Ξε]νόφαντον Ἀγεστράτου. | θεοῖς. || [ἐσθ]λοῖς οὐ κενεὰ μόχθων χάρις· ἔργα δὲ χειρῶν | [καὶ ῥ]ώμας μύθων πολλὸν ἀφαυρότερα· | [οἷος] Ἀγεστράτου υἱὸς ἐν ἀστοῖσιγ Ξενόφαντος | [κ]αὶ ξείνοις ἀρετᾶς ἄξια πόλλ’ ἔκαμε· | [φ]αντὶ καὶ οἱ ταύταν νόστου χάριν εἰκόνα θέντες || [τ]αῦτα καὶ εὐκλειῆ γράμματα Πιερίδων. | Τιμόχαρις Ἐλευθερναῖος ἐποίησε.

Facsimile of IG XII,1 40 (from IG).

Item added: March 12, 2015
Item modified: November 27, 2015
ID number: 14783
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