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Hellenistic Inscriptions


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Honours for Antiochos I

This Greek inscription records a decree passed by the city of Troy in honour of Antiochos, king of Syria. The city was clearly trying to win the king’s favour, promising lavish sacrifices and extensive prayers on his behalf. The citizens also undertook to erect a gilded statue of the king on horseback in a conspicuous part of the city, with an inscription naming him as ‘benefactor and saviour of the people’.

The inscription was found in 1718 by the British Ambassador to Constantinople, Edward Wortley Montagu. His daughter presented it to Trinity College in 1766.

Date: around  279 BC
Find spot: Troy, Troad, Turkey
Marble
On loan from Trinity College, Cambridge

Object Number: Loan Ant.21

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