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Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 20


SAMOS HONOURS EPIKRATES OF HERAKLEIA


Greek text:   Samos_31   ( IG 12.6.1.128 )
Provenance:     Heraion , Samos
Date:   c. 200 B.C.
Tags:     historians+philosophers
Format:   see key to translations

Epikrates was a good example of how a 'wandering philosopher' could attract students; see P.Scholz, in "Lyco of Troas and Hieronymus of Rhodes", pp.331-336 ( Google Books ).   This translation is partly taken from A.R.Hands, "Charities and Social Aid in Greece and Rome" (1968), p. 198.


[It was resolved by the people, as recommended by the prytaneis: concerning the motion that has been tabled by] Epiphon . . . [and] (?) Stasilas son of Philistos, that citizenship should be granted to Epikrates of Herakleia, son of Demetrios, a Peripatetic philosopher, who has stayed a considerable time in our city and through his instructions has greatly benefited the young men - as may be resolved by the council and the people, 10 and the council has already decided to [introduce] the matter during the elections;   [since] Epikrates of Herakleia, son of Demetrios, a Peripatetic philosopher, has stayed a considerable time in our city [and through] his instructions has greatly benefited the young men, wishing to do us a kindness, both privately giving his time to those pursuing their studies such as he met with, and [publicly] being ungrudging towards the people, 20 in that he admitted all those who wished to have a share in his instruction, and for those of the common people who were unable to pay his normal fee he gave his lectures at no charge;   now therefore, so that we too may be seen [to honour] good and worthy men and such as are able to benefit young men who are eager for knowledge, both those who possess an [income] and those who are lacking an income, [it is resolved] by the people to grant to Epikrates [citizenship] on an equal and similar basis; 30 and the secretary of the council, Nikomachos, shall allot [Epikrates] to a tribe [and a 'thousand'.]

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