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Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 18


ERESOS HONOURS AGLANOR


Greek text:   IG_12.sup.122 
Provenance:   Eresos , Lesbos 
Date:   209-204 B.C. 
Tags:     divine_honours ,   gymnasiarchs
Format:   see key to translations

It is clear that, in his role as gymnasiarch, Aglanor took an important part in the cult of the Ptolemaic royal family on the island of Lesbos. This inscription can be dated approximately by the reference to the son of the king and queen, and shows that Ptolemaic control over the island continued until the end of the third century B.C.; for other evidence, see R.S.Bagnall, "The Administration of the Ptolemaic Possessions Outside Egypt", pp.161-162 ( Google Books ).

There is a German translation of the inscription by H.Kotsidu, "TIMH KAI DOXA", no.155 ( Google Books ).


As proposed by Hermos son of Damonikos; concerning the matters raised by the council and notified by the archons, concerning which Bakchios son of Hermodikos, Euphanes son of Damarchos, Glaukon son of Menon and Eurylochos son of Bakchios have come forward to speak : that Aglanor son of Periandros, who has been gymnasiarch, has managed the affairs of the Ptolemaion  correctly, in accordance with the good intentions that the people continually has towards the king; and he has taken care of the games that the people holds for the king correctly and justly; and on the anniversary day of the king 10 he offered sacrifices along with the youths and those who train in the gymnasium to the king and the queen and their son; and he offered sacrifices to all the gods and all the goddesses on behalf of the whole people, and he invited the citizens to the sacrifice and he provided a feast for them at the Ptolemaeia; and he took care of the youths and the others who came to the place in an orderly and fitting manner, spending a considerable amount from his personal resources for the armour and the races and the distribution of meat and for the other supplies; and he led out the youths 20 and anyone else who was willing to the [borders] of the territory, and gave a display at his personal expense; for all of these reasons the youths crowned him with a golden crown and with a statue; and he held the Hermaia and provided a feast for those who train in the gymnasium . . . the orderly behaviour of [the youths] . . . 

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