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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 1061


VICTORS IN CONTESTS AT SAMOS

Greek text:   IG_12.6.1.183 ,   IG_12.6.1.182
Provenance:   Samos
Date:   c. 200-150 B.C.
Tags:     victors+contestants
Format:   see key to translations

Diadromai - contests for youths and ephebes - happened in many Greek cities; see N. Kennell in "The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World", p. 502 ( Google Books ). At Samos the contests were mostly related to military skills.

Inscription B (not included in Sylloge³) shows that these contests happened every one or two months. The inclusion of four intercalary months in one year, as recorded in this inscription, is extraordinary, and the reason for it happening is unknown.


[A]   . . . . . .

Youths {pallēkes}.


[B]   In the year of Aristomenes son of Aristippos, the following were victors in the races {diadromai} that were held by him on the first day of each month of the year.

Metageitnion and Pelysion.

Kyanopsion and Apatourion.

Posideon.

Lenaion.

Anthesterion [and Artemision].

Taureon.

[Targelion].

Panemos and Kronion.

Intercalary month.

[Second intercalary month.]

[Third intercalary month.]

[Fourth intercalary month.]



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