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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 624


MEGAPOLIS ESTABLISHES A MEMORIAL FOR PHILOPOIMEN

Greek text:   IG_5.2.432
Date:     183 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

There is a vivid description of the funeral procession of Philopoimen in Plutarch's 'Life' ( Phil_21 ), but the 'godlike honours' that were instituted by this decree are not mentioned by any other surviving source.   The sources for the funeral of Philopoimen have been analysed by P.Kató, "The Funeral of Philopoimen in the Historiographical Tradition" ( OpenEdition ).


. . . so that in our homeland . . . may be increased as much as possible, [it was resolved by the] city to honour Philopoimen [son of Kraugis] with godlike honours [on account of] his virtue and his good deeds; and to establish a memorial in the agora [in his honour, and to transfer] his bones from . . . to the [agora] . . . and [to construct] an altar [of white marble, as] beautiful as possible, and [to sacrifice] an ox [on the day] of Zeus the Saviour; and to crown [him with (?) four] bronze statues, [of which] one [shall be placed] in the theatre . . . on foot, and [another] . . . and to announce the award of the crown at the [Soteria games] . . .

. . . gymnastic and horse-racing [contests] . . . the treasurer shall . . . minas to the sacrificing priests [for the sacrifice], and the edible meat . . . and the skin shall be shared amongst the . . . ; and at the Soteria . . . Zeus the Saviour . . . in the precinct of Philopoimen . . . the sacrificing priest shall give a sheep . . . and shall [(?) announce] the [annual] sacrifices, and shall crown (?) as for Hestia . . . and shall receive the [portions of honour] . . .

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