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Honors by Neapolis for the Deceased Dionysiac Performer P. Aelius Antigenidas (ca. 150 CE) Neapolis - Campania

Neapolis (Campania, Italy — Pleiades map), ca. 150 CE
INeapolis 47 = IGR I 442 = PHI 177659 = AGRW ID# 22244


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Decree of the Council :  The city of the Neapolitans honored Publius Aelius Antigenidas, Nikomedian and Neapolitan, leader of the People, . . . (missing roles) . . . for life, high-priest of the sacred theatrical synod (synodos) of performers (technitai) gathered around Dionysos (?), first and only ever who has been victorious in the following competitions, and who was the only one to compete for the prize without ever losing: Rome: twice; Neapolis: three times.  Because of everything, he also managed to get first place in the Puteoli competition put on by the lord emperor Antoninus Pius and likewise in the subsequent competition.  He has also repeated this in the Asklepios competitions at Nikomedia, his own homeland, in the same competitions as a flute-player in the performance about the battle between Apollo and the Python.  Still, this flute-player came to an end after 35 years, having played the flute for the Roman People for 20 years.

Translation by: Harland

δόγματι βουλῆ̣[ς ἡ πόλις τῶν Νεαπολιτῶν] | Π(όπλιον) Αἴλιον Ἀντιγενίδα[ν Νεικομηδέα καὶ Νεαπο]|λίτην, δημαρχήσαντα [— — διὰ βίου] | ἀρχιερέα ∙ ἱερᾶς συνόδου θυ[μελικῆς τῶν περὶ τὸν Διόνυσον τεχνιτῶν], || πρῶτον καὶ μόνον ἀπ’ αἰῶνος νεικήσαντα το[ὺς ὑπογεγραμμένους] | ἀγῶνας, οὕσπερ καὶ μόνους ἠγωνίσατο ἄλειπτος· Ῥώμην ∙ β ∙ Νέα[ν πόλιν] | γ ∙ καὶ τὸν διὰ πάντων ∙ καὶ Ποτιόλους τὰ πρῶτα διατεθέντα ∙ ὑπὸ [τοῦ] | κυρίου Αὐτοκράτορος Ἀντωνείνου Εὐσέβεια καὶ ὁμοίως τὰ ἑξῆς ∙ ἔχει δ[ὲ] | καὶ τὰ ἐν Νεικομηδείᾳ τῇ ἑαυτοῦ πατρίδι ἐπιλεγόμενα Ἀσκλήπεια τῷ αὐ[τῷ] || ἀγῶνι πυθαύλας, χοραύλας ∙ ἐπαύσατο δὲ ἐτῶν ∙ λε ∙ αὐλήσας δήμῳ Ῥωμ[αί]|ων ἔτεσιν εἴκοσι.

Item added: January 30, 2016
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