Person: Pythokles son of Aristarchos from Hermione (Hermionia)

Person ID: 520
Name: Pythokles
Father's Name: Aristarchos
Place of Origin: Hermione (Hermionia)
Date Range: -290 to -240
List of Festivals:
Isthmia in Isthmia (Corinthia)
Mouseia in Thespiai (Boiotia)
Nemea in Nemea (Kleonaia)
Olympia in Olympia (Elis)
Pythia in Delphi (Phokis)
Soteria in Delphi (Phokis)
List of Events:
Mouseia in Thespiai (Boiotia) on ( -265 to -255 )
Soteria in Delphi (Phokis) on ( -290 to -240 )
Soteria in Delphi (Phokis) on ( -290 to -240 )
Olympia in Olympia (Elis) on ( -290 to -240 )
Pythia in Delphi (Phokis) on ( -290 to -240 )
Nemea in Nemea (Kleonaia) on ( -290 to -240 )
Isthmia in Isthmia (Corinthia) on ( -290 to -240 )
List of Disciplines:
music: ___
music: aulesis?
choral: choros (hegemon)
List of References:
CID 4.45 = BCH (1928), p. 259
CIG 1212
F.Delphes III.1, 477
F.Delphes III.1, 563 = Nachtergael, Galates p. 406, no. 2bis = SEG 27.115
F.Delphes III.4, 356
IG IV 682 = App.Anth 1.291 = SEG XXVII, 115
Kaibel, Ep. Gr. 926
Manieri (2009), Thes. 7, pp. 354-355
Nachtergael (1977), pp. 429-430, n. 15 bis
SGDI II 2602
List of Prosopographies:
Farrington (2012), no. 1.85
LGPN V3a-17011
Strasser (2001), no. 106
Kostouros (2008), no. 179
Comment: The athlete is known from various inscriptions, most importantly the dedicatory epigram published as IG IV 682 in which many victories are recounted. Sadly, the epigram is so fragmentarily preserved that only his thirteen victories at the Nemea, Isthmia, Pythia, and Olympia can be restored with some certainty. The inscription furthermore informs us that he won countless other wreaths ('nobody would be able to count ... the wreaths that I brought home to Greece', vv. 8-9), and that he won just as many in different disciplines, i.e. as ῥαψῳ(?)]δός τε καὶ ἐγ κυκλίοισ{ο}ι χοροῖσιν / [ὅσσα τε κωμ]ῳ̣δ̣ός(?) (vv. 9-10). The inscription then recounts even more honours cq. victories, and ends by stating he was even honoured by kings (β̣ασιλεῖς) with gifts (vv. 15-16). As all of these victories are unspecified, they are not entered as events below. The athlete is also known to have been granted proxenia and several other honours connected to that in Delphi (SGDI 2.2602), and to have been priest of the technitai (F.Delphes 3(1) 477 ll. 3-4 and 3(4) 356 ll. 7-8; or simply 'priest' in CID 4.45). This entry is generally based on Farrington (2012), no. 1.85 and p. 127 notes 323 and 324. The source for his victories is IG IV 682, but Farrington states based on ethnic and patronymic it is the same Pythokles from F.Delphes 3(4) 356 (ll. 7-8), and presumably also in F.Delphes 3(1) 477 (ll. 3-4). These inscriptions are the basis for Farrington's date range, which is here followed. - PK/CT