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οἱ ἡμέτεροι πρόγονοι i.e. the testator, Dicaeo genes II., his father Menexenus, and his grandfather, Dicaeogenes I. — οἱ ταῦτα κτησάμενοι, who acquired the property now under dispute.

πάσας...χορηγ. ἐχορήγ.] ‘discharged the office of choregus in all its forms’, for τραγικοί, κωμικοί, and μουσικοὶ ἀγῶνες. — εἰσήνεγκαν, i.e. by way of εἰσφοραί: cp. on § 39. — τριηραρχοῦντες: see on Isocr. De Pace § 128, τὰς συμμορίας, p. 336. — διέλιπον: Isocr. Aeginet. § 27, note, p. 356.

ἀναθήματα ‘votive offerings’, a general term for gifts (buildings, statues, tripods, etc.) dedicated to a god; ἀνάθημα ἀνατιθέναι, Her. II. 182. — ἐκ τῶν περιόντων, not, ‘from their abundance’, but, ‘from what remained’ after these costly λειτουργίαι had been discharged.

τρίποδας A bronze tripod was awarded to a successful choregus, who usu. dedicated it in the temple of Dionysus. Plutarch says that Nicias had presented to the temple a shrine (νεώς) on which these tripods were set (Nic. 3). In the course of the 4th century B.C. a fashion arose of placing the prizetripod in a small shrine built especially for it, either in the precincts of the Theatre or in the ‘Street of the Tripods’ (Paus. I. 20) on the E. side of the Acropolis. The existing monument of Lysicrates (choregus 335 B.C.) was such a shrine: and the site of another, dedicated in 320 B.C. by the choregus Thrasyllus (Paus. I. 21), is still marked by a cave on the s. side of the Acropolis. (See my note on Theophr. Char. XXII.=XXV., p. 251.) Cp. Plat. Gorg. 472 A, Νικίας καὶ οἱ ἀδελφοί, ὧν οἱ τρίποδες οἱ ἐφεξῆς ἑστῶτές εἰσιν ἐν τῷ Διονυσίῳ.

ἐν Πυθίου i.e. ἐν τῷ Ἀπόλλωνος Πυθίου ἱερῷ. In May, 1877, the site of the Πύθιον was identified by the discovery of an inscribed altar-stone on the right bank of the Ilissus, N. W. of the temple of Zeus Olympius. This stone belonged to the altar erected by Peisistratus (grandson of the tyrant), and mentioned by Thuc. (VI. 54) as bearing in letters which even then were ‘faint’, ἀμυδροῖς γράμμασι, the couplet: —

μνῆμα τόδ᾽ ἧς ἀρχῆς Πεισίστρατος Ἱππίου υἱὸς θῆκεν Ἀπόλλωνος Πυθίου ἐν τεμένει.

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