Ancient Documents and Their Contexts: First North American by John Bodel, Nora Dimitrova

By John Bodel, Nora Dimitrova

Historic files and their Contexts comprises the complaints of the 1st North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (San Antonio, Texas, 4-5 January 2011). It gathers seventeen papers provided via students from North the US, Europe, and Australia on the first formal assembly of classical epigraphists subsidized by way of the yankee Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy. starting from technical discussions of epigraphic formulae and palaeography to large attention of inscriptions as social files and visible files, the subjects and ways represented replicate the diversity of the way that Greek and Latin inscriptions are studied in North the USA this present day.

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While the complete accuracy of some of this is open to doubt – for examples, Ptolemy was a boy who was in no position to play a role and Cephisodorus most probably was among the ambassadors who sailed to the coast of Epirus, not to Italy, to beg aid from Sulpicius in the autumn of 200, the first year of the war – it appears, as 13 ig ii3 1292 (Meritt 1936: 419–428 = Ag. xvi 261). 15 Unfortunately we have no other certain reference to him and do not even know his full name. 16 This strikes me as very unlikely on chronological grounds.

Xvi 259 as [Δημοσ]θένης Δημοκλέου[ς Κοθωκίδης] (Oineis vii). All that is preserved of the secretary’s name on that inscription is [- c. 5 -]θένης Δημοκλέου̣[ς - - -. Meritt sought24 to identify him with [Δ]ημοσθένης Δημοκ[- - c. 25 The attempt to identify these two men based on these fragmentary names, the one ending in θένης, the other beginning Δημοκ is, to say the very least, a stretch. There are more than a dozen common names of the correct length that end in θένης and at least four other common ones besides Demokles that begin Δημοκ, namely Δημοκήδης, Δημοκλείδης, Δημοκράτης, and Δημόκριτος.

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