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Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 82


LEONIDES OF HALIKARNASSOS DONATES A STOA AT PHARSALOS


Greek text:   IThess_1.52 
Provenance:   Pharsalus , Thessaly
Date:   c. 275-250 B.C.
Tags:     buildings , gymnasiarchs
Format:   see key to translations

A new stoa was typically the gift of a king to a city, as for instance the stoa of Antiochos I at Miletos ( OGIS 213 ). It was unusual for a private individual to donate a stoa, and Leonides stipulated terms to ensure that appropriate use was made of his generous gift. He clearly expected that the city could derive a good regular income from the hire of the stoa.  

For the date, see S.G. Miller, AJA 1974, p. 152.


Leonides of Halikarnassos, son of Proteas, dedicated the stoa and all the rooms in the stoa to the city. The city and the tagoi who are in office at any time throughout his life shall provide, out of the revenues from the stoa and all the rooms, sufficient oil for the youths in the gymnasium to anoint themselves, giving it each year to the gymnasiarchs, for gymnastic games and a lamp race. The games shall be called Leonideia, and the herald shall proclaim the winner. The gymnasiarchs shall hold the games on the fourth day of the month of Dipsios. The city shall take the money that is left over, and shall repair the stoa each year as is required.


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