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Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 12.399


LETTER OF PHILIPPOS TO THE ATHENIANS IN HEPHAISTIA


Greek text:   SEG_12.399
Date:   c. 200 B.C.
Tags:     royal_letters
Format:   see key to translations

The inscription containing this letter was found in the ruins of the temple of the Kabeiroi, near the town of Hephaistia on the island of Lemnos. The Kabeiroi were sometimes identified with the Anakes ( "Boy Kings" - see Pausanias, 10.38'7 ). The inhabitants of Hephaistia were Athenian cleruchs.



King Philippos to the council and people of the Athenians in Hephaistia, greetings. I have read your decree, and I desired on account of my piety towards the gods to see the temples in your land; and when you sent a letter and an embassy about these matters, so that I might come to be initiated . . . and all the Greeks would realise what devotion I have towards the great gods, our overlords the Anakes, [and towards] the temple [of the] Anakes . . .


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