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Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 163


CONTRACTS FOR WORK BEFORE THE PYTHIAN GAMES

Greek text:   CID_2.139
Date:   c. 247/6 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription gives a good indication of the work and expense that was needed to prepare for one of the major panhellenic games.

The translation - apart from the first paragraph - is adapted from S.G.Miller, "Arete: Greek Sports from Ancient Sources", no. 81 ( Google Books ).   There is a French translation by M-C.Hellmann, "Choix d’inscriptions architecturales grecques, traduites et commentées", pp.71-72 ( Persée ).


When Dion was archon at Delphi, and the hieromnemones were as follows:

The following men were given the contracts for the Pythian works:

Agazalos: digging and levelling the xystos and the peristyle:   18 staters and 1 drachma.
Agazalos: digging and levelling the open-air track {paradromis}:   16 staters & 1 drachma.
Agazalos: 270 medimnoi of white earth for the xystos at 1¾ obols per medimnos:   43 staters & ½ obol.
Kritolaos: fencing the xystos:   37 staters.
Olympichos: maintenance work on the xystos and the open-air track and the ball courts {sphairisteria} and the gymnasion:   36 staters.
Kritolaos: repairs to the drain alongside the shrine of Demeter:   (?) 20 staters 1 drachma & 2 obols.
Sochares: for six picks:   . . .
Eucharos: roping off the peristyle:   . . .
Kleon: repairs to the wall of the ball court:   30 staters.
Asandros: sifting the mortar:   5 staters.
Euthydamos: 201 medimnoi of black earth on the ball court at 1 obol per medimnos:   16 staters 1 drachma & 3 obols.
Kleon: repairs to the wall by the shrine of Demeter:   29 staters & 1 drachma.
Pasion: plastering the changing room {apodyterion} and the wall by the shrine of Demeter:   8 staters.
Lyson: 15 medimnoi of white earth for plastering the changing room and the wall at 1¾ obols per medimnos:   2 staters & 2¼ obols.
Smyrnaios: cleaning out the Pythian stadium and repairing the "ridges":   10 staters & 1 drachma.
Smyrnaios: digging the Pythian stadium and digging and levelling the jumping pits:   110 staters.
Nikon: construction of the odeion:   44 staters 1 drachma & 3 obols.
Xenon: 600 medimnoi of white earth in the Pythian stadium at 1½ obols per medimnos:   83 staters & 4 obols.
Melission: a pedestal in the Pythian theatre:   28 staters.
Euthydamos: fencing the Pythian stadium:   10 staters.
Nikon: setting up the proskenion in the Pythian stadium:   6 staters.
Nikon: the platform in the Pythian stadium at . . . per foot for . . . feet:   5 staters.
Euthydamos: construction of the vaulted entrance in the Pythian stadium:   20 staters.
Smyrnaios: cleaning out the . . .:   8 staters.
Anaxagoras: construction of the 36 turning posts {kamptēres}:   12 staters.
Agazalos: that for the pentathletes:   14 staters.
. . . : for 280 . . . at 2½ obols each:   58 staters & 4 obols.
Damastratos: . . . for the boxers:   77 staters & 1 drachma.
Melission: repair to the . . . in the vaulted entrance:   1 stater & 1 drachma.
[Smyrnaios]: cleaning out the hippodrome:   . . ..
Dionysios: digging around the turning posts in the hippodrome:   . . ..
Euthydamos: [levelling] around the turning posts in the hippodrome:   10 staters.
Kallon: provision of the . . . in the hippodrome:   89 staters.
Dion: the . . . in the hippodrome:   38 staters.
Dion: the . . . of the houses:   24 staters.
Pleistos: for the prizes:   1 Aiginetan mina.
Euthydamos: for plating the . . . with bronze:   9 staters & 3 obols.
Kleon: cleaning out and fencing the Kastalian spring with the Gorgon's head spout:   9 staters.
Agazalos: cleaning out the . . .:   1 stater & 2½ obols.
. . . : cleaning out the smithy . . . :   . . .
. . . : . . . the water channel of the open-air track and the pool:   . . .


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