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But perhaps I was unworthy of being adopted as a son by Thrasylochus and of receiving his sister in marriage. All the Siphnians would bear witness, however, that my ancestors were foremost of the citizens there in birth, in wealth, in reputation, and in general standing. For who were thought worthy of higher offices, or made greater contributions, or served as choregi1 more handsomely, or discharged other special public services with greater magnificence? What family in Siphnos has furnished more kings?2

1 A choregus was a citizen who defrayed the expenses of bringing out a chorus. It is of interest to learn that the institution of the choregia was in effect on the island of Sophnos, as it was also at Ceos.

2 These “kings” probably had only religious functions; cf. the Archon Basileus at Athens.

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