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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 1079


PRIZE-WINNING DRAMATISTS IN THE ROMAIA AT MAGNESIA

Greek text:   Magnesia_145-151   ( I.Magn. 88 )
Date:   c. 150-90 B.C.
Tags:     victors+contestants
Format:   see key to translations

About fifty years after they had vigorously promoted the 'crowned' games of Artemis Leukophryene ( see Syll_557-562 ), the citizens of Magnesia introduced another festival, the Romaia. While the Leukophryeneia were intended to be typical Greek games, the Romaia had a more specific remit, which was to stage newly-composed plays. It seems to have remained a local competition, which did not attract many dramatists from overseas.

According to Syllogeł, the form of the letters in A & B suggests a date in the second half of the 2nd century B.C., and C-E belong to the start of the 1st century.


[A]   When Apollodoros was stephanephoros, and the agonothetes were Euandrides son of Euandrides, Mandrodoros son of  Kleainos and Apollodoros son of Leonteus, these were the poets of new dramas who were victorious at the Romaia games:

[B]   When Sokrates was stephanephoros, and the agonothetes were Diagoras son of Demetrios, Dionysarchos son of  Lampon and Gerontides son of Gerontides, these were the poets of new dramas who were victorious at the Romaia games:

[C]   When Attalos was stephanephoros, and the agonothetes were Eukles son of Aristokrates, Euandrides son of  Euandrides and Kleainos son of Kleainos, these were the poets who were victorious at the Romaia games:

[D]   . . . and the agonothetes were . . . son of Oneson, these were the victors at the Romaia games:

[E]   When . . .  was stephanephoros . . .




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