Hellenistic Inscriptions: 133
ARGOS HONOURS NIKOKREON, KING OF CYPRUS
Greek text: IG_4.583
Date: 321-311 B.C.
Format: see key to translations
Hellenistic rulers were always keen to increase their prestige by stressing their links with the cities of Greece, and this epigram shows that Nikokreon, the king of Salamis in Cyprus, claimed to have family connections with Argos. The translation is by P.Bing, in "Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World", page 46 ( Google Books ).
My mother city is the land of Pelops, Pelasgian Argos,
and Pnytagoras my father sprang from the race of Aiakos.
I am Nikokreon, raised in the wave-beaten land
of Cyprus, king from the most divine ancestors.
The Argives set me up to render thanks for the bronze
for Hera, which I would send to the festival as prizes for the youths.
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