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Royal Correspondence: 24


LETTER OF ATTALOS I (?) TO AN OFFICIAL

Original text:   IvP_1.40   ( Syll_1018 )
Date:     later half of 3rd century B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

The letter forms of this inscription appear to belong to the time of the reign of Attalos I. The text describes the duties of a priest, but the surviving portion does not name the god served by the priest. It has been suggested that the god was Zeus; Zeus and Athene were the two gods who were most frequently honoured by Attalos.


. . . The man chosen for this office shall wear a white chlamys and a wreath of olive bound with a purple fillet, and he shall receive as perquisites the skin and a hind-quarter of animals sacrificed, and the income of the shops which I have dedicated to the god. The incumbent shall lease them from year to year and shall turn them over in good repair on vacating his office or pay the cost of the restoration. He shall be free of all liturgies during such time as he wears the wreath. He shall guard and turn over to his successor the silver plate belonging to the god and the other dedicated offerings. Farewell.

letter 25


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