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Honors by Silver-melters for the Proconsul Valerius Festus (250-260 CE) Ephesos - Ionia

Ephesos (Ionia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), 250-260 CE
SEG 34 (1984), no. 1094 = B. Iplikçioglu and D. Knibbe, "Neue Inschriften aus Ephesos IX," JÖAI 55 (1984) 130-131 (inv. 4297) = PHI 249099 = AGRW ID# 9399


Base of marble found on the street between the stadium and the theater (99 x 51 x 51 cm; letter height 2.5 cm).

To good fortune.  The silversmiths (argyrochooi) of the first and greatest metropolis of the Ephesians in Asia – thrice temple-warden of the Augusti – set this up for Valerius Festus, the proconsul (anthypatos) descended from proconsuls, founder of many works in Asia and in Ephesos after the passing of Antoninus, who enlarged (or: enhanced) the harbor of Croesus.  He was their own savior and benefactor in everything.

Translation by: Harland

ἀγαθῇ τύχῃ· | τῆς πρώτης καὶ με|γίστης μητροπόλεως | τῆς Ἀσίας καὶ τρὶς νε||ωκόρου τῶν Σεβαστ(ῶν) | Ἐφεσίων οἱ ἀργυροχόοι | Οὐαλέριον Φῆστον | τὸν ἐκ προγόνων ἀνθυ(πατικόν), | κτίστην μὲν πολλῶν ἔργων || τῆς Ἀσίας τῆς δὲ Ἐφέσου | κατὰ τὸν ἥρωα Ἀντωνῖνον, | τὸν δὲ λιμένα μείζονα | Κροίσου ποιήσαντα, | τὸν ἑαυτῶν σωτῆρα || καὶ ἐν πᾶσιν εὐεργέτην | ἀνέστησαν.

Item added: January 9, 2013
Item modified: December 8, 2015
ID number: 9399
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