Remarks On Inscriptions -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 005:19 (Aug 1848)
Article: Remarks On Inscriptions
Author: Anonymous


Remarks On Inscriptions

New Haven, June 20, 1848.

Prof. Edwards, Dear Sir,—My attention was turned yesterday to the inscriptions copied by Mr. Thomson at Ruad. [See Bib. Sac. p. 252, May 1848.] I send you two or three remarks upon them which may not be entirely without interest.

Inscription on the first column. In line first supply another A after the eighth letter. In line 3 read π for Ω the first letter. This line may be read thus: πρό́βουλον τῶν ναυπη. ναυπηγησάτων suggests itself but is not satisfactory. I can do nothing with the next line.

Inscription on the second column. In line 3 read Λ for Λ, the first letter. The fourth line is ἔπαρχον στόλου. The fifth is εὐνοίας ἕνεκεν.

This inscription commemorates the services of Decimus Laelius, praefect of the fleet in Pompey’s service. He was the son of another Decimus Laelius, and probably of that one who is spoken of by Cicero, de Or. 2. 6. 25. For our Laelius consult Orelli’s Onomasticon Tullianum, and the Diet, of Mythol. and Biog. s. v.

It would be idle to spend time upon the third inscription. That on the fourth column is free from material errors in copying. Probably αμγῆς in line 5 should be written τειμῆς after the usual practice on the later monuments. See Sophocles’ Hist, of the Greek Alphabet, § 29. Damis and Mnaseas are both not uncommon Greek names. Damis performed his duty, as clerk of the market or aedile, in the year 377, which, if the era is that of the Seleucidae, answers to A. D. 65.

The inscription on the fifth column may be easily restored thus: ̔Η βουλή λαὶ ὁ δῆμος Αντίοχον Λημοκριτου τοῦ καὶ Μαρίωνος, καλῶς γραμματευσαντα ἐν τῷ͂͂ ΣΟ ἔτει, τειμῆς χάριν . Democritus was also called Marion. This rare name belonged also to a victor at the Olympic games who lived after Olymp. 178. (Pausan. 5. 21. 5.).

The inscription on the first square block is so imperfect that I will not venture to restore it.

The last inscription may be read thus: ̔Η βουλὴ καὶ ὁ δῆμος ᾿ Αραδίων Μάρκον Σεπτιμιον, Μάρκου υἱὸν, Φαβιανὸν Μάγνον, ἑκατοντάρχη...

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