Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 1075


Greek text:   IG_4.1.98
Date:   c. 280-250 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

The hysplex was the starting mechanism for ancient Greek races.   The evidence for the hysplex, both literary and archaeological, has been discussed at some length by P.Valavanis, "Hysplex: The Starting Mechanism in Ancient Stadia"; for the date of Philon's work at Epidauros, see page 51 ( Google Books ).

The translation of this inscription has been adapted from S.G.Miller, "Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources", page 65 ( Google Books ).

In the month of Apellaios during the priesthood of Thiokydes; the contractor of the hysplex, Philon the Corinthian, owes to the god the penalty, against the contract price of 500 drachmas, which the agonothete of the gymnastic games, Trityllos, and the hellanodikai assessed on him and which the council confirmed on appeal that he should justly pay; of this, with what he has already been paid - 200 drachmas - set aside, he owes the remainder {i.e. 300 drachmas}, plus a 50% penalty, since the contract was not fulfilled, or a total of 450 drachmas; he and his guarantor, Nikon the banker from Corinth are liable.

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