Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 659


Greek text:   FD_3.1.48
Date:     c. 165/4 B.C.
Tags:     poets+musicians
Format:   see key to translations

Nikon's visit to Delphi is discussed by A.Cinalli, "Οὐ τὸ νικᾶν ἀλλὰ τὸ εὖ ἀγωνίζεσθαι : Playing to win or to show off?", paras.7-9 ( CHS Research Bulletin ).

When Pyrros was archon, and the members of the council for the first half of the year were Athambos, Archelaos and Dion, it was resolved by the city of Delphi in full assembly, with the votes as prescribed by law; since Nikon of Megalopolis, the son of Nikias, a tragedian, previously showed continual goodwill towards the city, and while he was residing in the city, on request he donated a day to the god and took part in the contest and won great repute; therefore it is resolved to praise Nikon of Megalopolis, the son of Nikias; and that the city shall grant to him and his descendants proxeny, priority in access to the oracle, inviolability, privileged seating at all the games that the city holds, and all the other privileges that are granted by the city to other proxenoi and benefactors. The magistrates shall also invite him to the prytaneion.

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