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49.
Athens honours Asklepiodoros
IG II2 367 Athens, EM 2811 323/22 Plate 26

Four joining fragments: EM 2811 (with relief), composed of three fragments, + EM 7180, found in 1838 between Parthenon and Propylaia. Top and both edges preserved, back and top rough-picked. Relief bordered by antae supporting entablature, below by taenia inscribed ΘΕ[ΟΙ] and ovolo. Surface battered, corroded. White, medium-grained marble. p.h. 0.62, h. of relief 0.35, w. 0.48. th. 0.175, relief h. 0.045, h. of letters 0.008.

The document is an honorary decree for Asklepiodoros, apparently an ambassador in treaty negotiations with Phokis, which joined the Greek revolt after the death of Alexander. The decree is often restored to include a second ambassador, but the inscription is too fragmentary for certainty on this point. The presence of a single honorand in the relief strongly implies that only one man is honoured, or at least that the honours for Asklepiodoros take precedence over any others that might have been given. The second crown is not significant in this respect, as other stelai with only one honorand and more than one crown attest (no. 53; IG II2 360). The decree is securely dated to the third prytany of the archonship of [Kephisodoros], 323/22 (lines 1-3) by the coincidence of its secretary with that of the first decree of IG II2 448.

At the left stands Athena, holding a crown in both hands. On the right a small male figure representing Asklepiodoros is being crowned simultaneously by two figures, almost certainly Demos and Boule, who are slightly larger than the honorand yet smaller than Athena. Boule conforms very closely to the type attested for her by the inscription on no. 142. The unusual arrangement of her himation, drawn over her head like a veil, with a distinctive curved edge of drapery running straight from the right shoulder to the triangular overfold at the waist, is shared by both figures. Demos also closely resembles a standing type confirmed for him by inscription (no. 117), which appears more frequently in document reliefs (nos. 54, 149, 150, 172) than figures of Boule,

The relief is roughly carved, but the very high-waisted female figures and the pronounced swing in Demos' stance are consistent with stylistic developments of the late fourth century.

K. S. Pittakys, ArchEph (1839) 228 no. 265; ArchEph (1842) 558 no. 953; Müller and Schöll, 62-63 no. 42, 89; Rangabé II, 70-71 no. 395; P. Pervanoglu, AZ 16 (1860) 24 no. 3, 26; AZ 25 (1867) 46 no. 5; R. Förster, AdI 42 (1870) 219; Schöne, 41 no. 75, pl. 16 (drwg.); IG II 182; Sybel, 430 no. 6978; Friederichs and Wolters, 388 no. 1171; P. Gardner, JHS 9 (1888) 79; Le Bas, pl. 41.1 (drwg.); Matz, 55; O. Walter, ÖJhBeibl 18 (1915) 91; Walter, Beschreibung, 4; Diepolder, 56; Binneboeßel, 15 no. 67, 42, 69, 75-76; H. Speier, RM 47 (1932) 63, 94, pl. 29.3; Svoronos, 666 no. 438, pl. 213; Walter, ÖJh 30 (1937) 54 n. 15, 55 n. 16; V. Müller, ArtB 20 (1938) 374, 377; Süsserott, 20, 64-68, 89-91, 96 n. 16, 119-20, 181, 184-85, 202 n. 22, pl. 9.3; E. Bielefeld, JdI 69 (1954) 140 n. 26; A. Giuliano, ASAtene 37/38 (1959/60) 399, 401, fig. 15; Hamdorf, 31, 94 n. 254(n), 95 no. 258(c); F. Mitchel, Phoenix 18 (1964) 17; SEG 21.295; Schmaltz, 50 n. 65; Rauscher, 162-63; Kron, Phylenheroen, 237-38, 281 (7); Mitropoulou, Contributions, 52-53, fig. 9; C. Schwenk, AntK 19 (1976) 64-66, pl. 14; SEG 26.81; Palagia, Euphranor, 62; Hesperia 51 (1982) 109 n. 58; A. N. Oikonomides, AncW 5 (1982) 123-27; Schwenk, 394-401 no. 81; SEG 32.91; LIMC III, 146 no. 3, s.v. Boule (V. Komninos); 380 no. 57, pl. 275, s.v. Demos (O. Alexandri-Tzachou); SEG 35.239; Meyer, 300-I A 125, pl. 35.2.

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