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OGIS: 299


PERGAMON HONOURS THE PRIESTESS METRIS

Greek text:   IvP_1.167
Date:   149 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription was previously dated to 165 B.C., but it now seems more likely that it it should be placed in 149 B.C., around the time when Attalos II helped Nikomedes II to become king of Bithynia; see C.P.Jones, in Chiron 30:2000, pp.9-10 ( Google Books ).


The people honours Metris daughter of Artemidoros, who was priestess during the ninth Nikephoria of the games with a prize of crowns.

It was resolved by the council and the people, as recommended by the generals: since while Metris daughter of Artemidoros, the son of Theotimos, was priestess of Athene Nikephoros the king had great successes, which brought about the greatest blessings for our people and for everyone else, it is fitting, as the matter involves the public honour, that we should take the greatest care of such things. Therefore with good fortune it is resolved by the council and the people to praise Metris the daughter of Artemidoros for her gentleness towards the goddess and for the excellent state of affairs that has occurred; and to crown her with a golden crown as is customary, and with a bronze statue, which shall be placed in the temple of Athene Nikephoros. On the base of the statue there shall be inscribed: "The people honours Metris daughter of Artemidoros, who was priestess during the ninth Nikephoria of the games with a prize of crowns". The agonothete shall announce the honours that have been voted on the second day of the biennial games {Trietērides}, when the city performs the sacred dances for the goddess.

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