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Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 81


EPITAPH OF CHAIRIPPOS AT ATHENS

Greek text:   IG_2.5227a
Date:   c. 287/6 B.C.
Translated by:   R. Lattimore
Format:   see key to translations

Although it cannot be proved, it is probable that Chairippos died in an unsuccessful attack on Mounychia, described by Polyainos ( 5.17.1 ). See G.J. Oliver, "War, Food, and Politics in Early Hellenistic Athens", pp. 59-60 ( Google Books ).

The epitaph is composed in elegiac couplets. Only a few letters have survived from the top of the stone, which would have contained the full name of the dead man.; see E. Vanderpool, "Some Attic Inscriptions", p. 45 ( PDF ).



    [Chairippos . . . of A]phidn[a]

Young men, endure to plant your feet opposite to the enemy and die.
Thus show how you honour your country and your parents.
And to you, Chairippos, who died, the city at public
expense dedicated a statue, great honour,
because under the walls of Mounichia you left your life
for your country, saving it from slavery.

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