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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 372


SAMOTHRACE HONOURS LYSIMACHOS

Greek text:   IG_12.8.150 ,   Hesperia_37(1968).220
Date:     301-281 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

For some comments on inscription A, see S.G.Cole, "Theoi Megaloi: The Cult of the Great Gods at Samothrace", pp.21-2 ( Google Books ); for B, which was published in 1968 - so not included by Dittenberger, see S.L.Ager, "Interstate Arbitrations in the Greek World, 33790 B.C.", no. 24 ( Google Books ).


[A]   . . . [since] king Lysimachos [previously] took every care on behalf of the temple and the city, and now when some men acted impiously towards the temple, and tried to carry off the offerings that had been set up by the kings and the other Greeks, and sought to burn down the sanctuary of the gods, and broke in by night with wicked and impious intentions, along with those who had sailed across during the night from Pythagoras, the king arrived in the region and handed over the prisoners to the city and sent them to the people, so that they might receive the punishment that they deserved; and in other ways he acted nobly and magnificently, taking the utmost care to show piety towards the gods; therefore with the good fortune of king Lysimachos and the city, it has been voted by the people, so that the city might show proper gratitude towards its benefactors, to set up an altar of king Lysimachos Euergetes {"Benefactor"}, as beautiful as possible, and the nine archons shall go there in procession and make sacrifice every year, while the citizens wear wreaths.

[B]   It was [resolved by the] council: since king Lysimachos, who is our friend and has continually shown goodwill towards the city, in previous times was our benefactor, and now we have obtained from him the sacred territory [on the] mainland, which kings Philippos and Alexandros consecrated and dedicated to the Great Gods and . . . he decided to restore . . . of the sanctuary . . . of [the] children of . . . everything from the time when . . . expelling us . . . the temple . . .

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