Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 1080
VICTORIES OF A TRAGIC ACTOR FROM TEGEA
Greek text: IG_5.2.118
Date: c. 276-219 B.C.
Format: see key to translations
Hellenistic games commonly included theatrical as well as athletic contests, and this anonymous actor was successful in both categories. His skill as a boxer clearly made him particularly good at depicting muscular characters such as Herakles and Antaios.
The inscription is dated by most writers to the middle of the third century B.C., but occasionally it has been assigned to a slightly later date in the 2nd century B.C.
[He was crowned as victor in]:
- The Great Dionysia at Athens with the 'Orestes' by Euripides
- The Soteria at Delphi with the 'Herakles' by Euripides and the 'Antaios' by Archestratos
- The Ptolemaia at Alexandria in the boxing contest for men
- The Heraia with the 'Herakles' by Euripides and the 'Archelaos' by Euripides
- The Naïa at Dodone with the 'Archelaos' by Euripides and the 'Achilles' by Chairemon
- and a total of 88 theatrical contests in cities, in Dionysia and various other festivals which the cities organised.
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