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OGIS: 39


STATUE OF PYRGOTELES THE SHIP-ARCHITECT AT PAPHOS

Greek text:   ABSA_56.9.17
Provenance:     Paphos , Cyprus
Date:   282-246 B.C.
Tags:     navies
Format:   see key to translations

In the Hellenistic age some very large ships were built, although it is unclear how effective they were; see W.M. Murray, "The Age of Titans", p. 184 ( Google Books ). The most famous big ships were built by Ptolemy IV; see Athen. 5.203-206 . But some remarks of Athenaeus ( 5.203.d ) make it clear that this inscription records ship-building in the reign of Ptolemy II.


King Ptolemaios honours Pyrgoteles son of Zōēs, architect of the thirty-bank ship { triakontērēs} and the twenty-bank ship { eikosērēs }.

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