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Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 159


DELOS HONOURS OF TELESINOS OF ATHENS


Greek text:   IG 11.4.514
Provenance:   Delos
Date:   early 3rd century B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Inscriptions in honour of Greek sculptors are rare, and the only surviving decrees similar to this one from the Hellenistic period are those in honour of Damophon ( inscription 160 ). Telesinos is virtually unknown apart from this inscription; see A.Stewart, "One Hundred Greek Sculptors" ( perseus - with another English translation ). There is a German translation of the inscription by H. Kotsidu, "TIMĒ KAI DOXA", p. 198 ( Google Books ).


It was resolved by the council and the people, as proposed by Timonax son of Diodotos; since Telesinos was tasked by the people of Delos to make statues of Asklepios and queen Stratonike; and since he contributed them to the people and made the statue of Asklepios of bronze and the statue of the queen [of stone]; 10 and since he made them [well], and carefully . . . and since he used his personal skill to rescue and restore the other statues in the temple that required [it] for no charge; and since he has chosen to be a benefactor of the temple and the Delians; therefore it is resolved by the people to praise Telesinos [of Athens and to crown] him with a laurel crown 20 and to [announce] at the Apollonia that [the people of Delos] crowns Telesinos [of Athens] for his piety towards the temple in Delos [and his goodwill towards] the people of Delos; [and to grant him the status of] proxenos and benefactor; [and to give him] and his descendants [(?) the right to own land] C  . . . and [the right of first access to the council and] people [after sacred matters; and to give them all the other privileges that [are held by other] proxenoi and benefactors of the [temple and the Delians]. The council shall inscribe this decree in the council house, and the hieropoioi shall inscribe it on a stone stele in the temple [and place] it wherever seems best. The council put the resolution [to the vote].

inscription 160


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