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Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 16.158


DEDICATION OF THE STOA OF ATTALOS AT ATHENS


Greek text:   SEG_16.158 ,   (B) SEG_17.68
Provenance:   Athens
Date:   c. 150 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription recorded the dedication of one the most prominent buildings in Athens. As such, it was clearly intended to be impressive, but by now it has been broken into so many fragments that it is difficult to restore the original text. Two possible restorations are shown here: A1 is the commonly accepted version by B. Meritt (Hesperia, 1957), and A2 is a more recent version by N. Kaye (Hesperia, 2016).

In front of the Stoa of Attalos, there was a large statue base, which once held a statue of a chariot and horses. This was probably erected at the same time as the stoa, but it was later reused, and according to inscription B it was then dedicated to the emperor Tiberius. Strangely, no trace has been found of a previous inscription on the statue base, which is why Meritt supposed that the statue must have been mentioned in the inscription on the stoa, as shown in A1.

Stoa of Attalos
    S. Martin-McAuliffe ( PDF )



[A1]   King Attalos, the son of king Attalos and queen Apollonis, dedicated [this stoa (?) and statue . . . on account of his (?) honourable attitude towards the] people [of Athens].

[A2]   King Attalos, the son of king Attalos and queen Apollonis, dedicated [this] stoa and [the] rooms [and the workshops to Athena].

[B]   The council of the Areopagos and the people and the council of the Six Hundred dedicated this to Tiberius Caesar, the god Sebastos, the benefactor of the city.


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