Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 36.1280


Greek text: SEG_36.1280
Provenance:   Antioch , Syria
Date:   197 B.C.
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This inscription was allegedly found in a meat market in Antakya; it is one of the few surviving inscriptions from Hellenistic Antioch. It formed the base of a statue set up by a group of theoroi from Antioch, who had attended a festival that was managed by Theophilos. Although Theophilos was a citizen of Seleukeia, the festival was probably at Daphne near Antioch. Livy ( 33.49 ) mentions that some games were held at Daphne two years later, in 195 B.C.

If this Theophilos was the same man as the Theophilos who is named in a royal letter of 186 B.C. as epistates of Seleukeia ( RC_45 ), then he must have been a man of great influence in Syria; see C.M. de L’isle," Royal Polis Policy in the Seleukid Heartland", pp.91-94 ( PDF ).

...edemos the chief theoros [and] the other theoroi honour Theophilos of Seleukeia in Pieria, the son of Diogenes, who was agonothete in year 115, on account of his honourable conduct, and his goodwill towards the great king Antiochos and Antiochos his son and queen Laodike and their children and the theoroi themselves.

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