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Honors by Civic Institutions and by Synods for Eukleides (imperial era) Xanthos - Lycia

Xanthos (Lycia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), imperial era
TAM II,1 496 = IGR III 605 = PHI 283285 = AGRW ID# 13784
Copenhagen Inventory info: 1727


Found in the area of the sanctuary of Leto. This inscription refers to previous honors by athletic and theatrical synods (plural). The "ancestral gods" mentioned in this inscription are most likely those that were honored in the Letoon: Leto, Artemis, and Apollo.

Eukleides (?), descendent of Apollonios for three generations, Xanthian, is a glorious man and civic councilor like his ancestors.  He has held the civic office of the market-overseer for the homeland.  He was civic president twice–also during the national festival, head of the gymnasium of the young men (neoi) twice, director of contests of the ancestral gods, and eponymous civic leader.  He has also been honored by the sacred athletic and theatrical synods (synodoi) with an inscribed image and with the erection of a statue.  He has been priest and treasurer of the ancestral gods, treasurer of the city (polis), superintendent of works of the gymnasium in the city and of the construction of the bronze altar of the ancestral gods.  He has also fulfilled the remaining civic service roles (litourgia) on behalf of his descendants.  The Council and the People of the metropolis of the Xanthians of the Lycian people honored him with a statue because of his modest life and orderly behavior and because of the leadership positions he fulfilled in an honor-loving manner as outlined above.  The cost of setting up the statue was taken from our own resources.

Translation by: Harland

[Εὐ]κ̣λείδην τρὶς τοῦ Ἀπολλωνίου | Ξάνθιον, ἄνδρα ἔνδοξον, ἐκ προγό|ν̣ων βουλευτήν, ἄρξαντα τῇ πατρίδι | ἀγορανομίαν̣ πόλεως ∙ πρυταν̣εύσα̣[ν]||τα β καὶ ἐν ἐθν̣[ι]κῇ πανηγύρει ∙ γυμνασι|αρχήσαντα τῶν νέων β ∙ ἀγωνοθετή|σαντα β τῶν πατρῴ<ω>ν θεῶν μεγίστην | καὶ ἐπώνυμον ἀρχήν, τειμηθέντα καὶ ὑπὸ | τῶν ἱερῶν ξυστικῆς τε καὶ θυμελικῆς συν̣||όδων εἰκόνι τε γραπτῇ καὶ ἀνδριάντος | ἀναστάσει, ἱερατεύσαντα καὶ ταμιεύσαν|τα τῶν πατρῴων θ̣εῶν, ταμείαν πόλε|ως, ἐργεπιστατήσαντα τοῦ ἐν πόλει γυ|μνασίου ∙ καὶ βωμοῦ χαλκέου τῶν πατρῴ||ων θεῶν, τελέσαντα δὲ καὶ τὰς λοιπὰς λει|τουργίας καὶ ὑπὲρ τῶν ἐγγόνων, vac. | Ξανθίων τῆς μητροπόλεως τοῦ Λυ|κίων ἔθνους ἡ βουλὴ καὶ ὁ δῆμος ἐτεί|μησεν τῷ ἀνδριάντι ἐπὶ τῇ τοῦ βίου αἰ||δήμονι καὶ κοσμίῳ ἀναστροφῇ καὶ | ἐφ’ αἷς ἐτέλεσεν προγεγραμ|μέναις φιλοτείμω<ς> ἀρχαῖς̣, | τὸν δὲ ἀνδριάντα ἀνεδέ|ξατο ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων ἀναστή||σειν.

Item added: June 25, 2013
Item modified: November 13, 2020
ID number: 13784
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