Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 54.1569


Greek text:   SEG_54.1569
Date:   c. 210-200 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription, which was found near Kulyab in Tajikistan, is written in verse and records a dedication made on behalf of two rulers of the Greek kingdom of Bactria. For some comments on the historical context, see S.Wallace, "Greek Culture in Afghanistan and India: Old Evidence and New Discoveries", pp.211-213 ( ).   The translation is by A. Di Castro, in "Hestia, a Tabula Iliaca and Poseidon's trident" ( PDF ).

Heliodotos dedicated this fragrant altar for Hestia, venerable goddess, illustrious amongst all, in the grove of Zeus, with beautiful trees; he made libations and sacrifices so that the greatest of all kings Euthydemos, as well as his son, the glorious, victorious and remarkable Demetrios, be preserved of all pains, with the help of Tyche {Fortune} with divine thoughts.

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