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40.
Ephebic dedication
IG II2 2970 Athens, EM 2802a 334/33 Plate 21

Provenance unknown. Left edge preserved, back rough-picked. Relief bordered on left by 0.045 wide anta, below by taenia inscribed with first two lines of inscription and ovolo, together 0.06 wide. Surface badly weathered, flaked, corroded. White, medium-grained marble. p.h. 0.57, p.h. of relief 0.26, p.w. 0.24, th. 0.12, relief h. 0.03, h. of letters 0.009 (lines 1-2), 0.004 (lines 3 ff.).

Only a few fragmentary lines of this inscription, a dedication by a group of ephebes who had been honoured by the state, are preserved, but it is securely dated to the year 334/33 by its eponymous archon K[te]si[kles] (line 1). At the left is Athena, turned toward the right, her left hand resting on the rim of the shield beside her. Her raised right hand originally held a painted spear. She wears a peplos, aegis with gorgoneion, and a shoulder mantle. There is room for another figure or figures, perhaps a representative of the ephebes and their patron, in the missing right side of the relief. The frontality of the figure and her high-waisted proportions, with the part of the overfall below the belt longer than the part above, are typical of figures from the third quarter of the century. The billowing shoulder mantle resembles that of the approximately contemporary Athena in no. 142.

Schöne, 30 no. 60, pl. 12 (drwg.); Sybel, 441 no. 7126; J. Kirchner, AM 52 (1927) 197-98, 204, Beil. 23.1; Binneboeßel, 13 no. 58, 20, 58-59, 60, 64, 66-67; H. Speier, RM 47 (1932) 94; Svoronos, 669 no. 448 (1), pl. 221.1; Süsserott, 27 n. 5, 84-86, pl. 5.3; O. Walter, ÖJh 32 (1940) 23 n. 68; F. Mitchel, Hesperia 33 (1964) 349-51; SEG 22.148; O. W. Reinmuth, The Ephebic Inscriptions of the Fourth Century B.C., Mnemosyne, Suppl. 14 (1971) 13-15, 124, pl. 5 (det.); B. Holtzmann, BCH 96 (1972) 74 n. 1; Zagdoun, FdD IV.6, 55, fig. 36; U. Kron, AM 94 (1979) 53-54; Meyer, 293-94 A 99, pl. 31.1; L. J. Roccos, Hesperia 60 (1991) 408-9 no. 3, pl. 109.

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