Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 33.644


Greek text:   SEG_33.644
Provenance:   Rhodes
Date:   c. 100-80 B.C. 
Tags:     autonomy ,   inviolability
Format:   see key to translations

In this somewhat 'uncouth' inscription, the festivals in which Diopeithes participated are listed without any attempt to integrate them into the syntax of the rest of the text. The translation is by J. Ma, "Statues and Cities", pp.50-51 ( Google Books ).

The 'inviolate' city which awarded citizenship to Diopeithes was probably Ptolemais-Akko; see G.M. Cohen, "The Hellenistic Settlements in Syria, the Red Sea Basin, and North Africa", p. 219 n.15 ( Google Books ).

The priest of the Samothracian gods, Diopeithes, son of Aristonidas, of Chalkē - the Haleia and the triētēris - and having served as priest of Aphrodite - the Romaia and the triētēris - having become curator of the shrine 10 of the Samothracian gods and also having served as prytanis - the Haleia - and the prytaneis and the secretaries of the council who served with him crowned him jointly with a gold crown, and so did the generals who served with him, jointly, with a gold crown, and so did the treasurers who served with him, jointly, 20 with a gold crown, on account of the excellence and the goodwill which he shows continuously towards them; and the Ptolemaians, sacred and inviolate and autonomous city, crowned him with a gold crown - and having received citizenship from their city, 30 having saved a trireme off the coast of Libya; to the gods in Samothrace, in gratitude.  

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