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Romulus and Remus at Chios Revisited: A Re-examination of <i>SEG</i> XXX 1073

Irene Salvo

in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652143
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745935 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652143.003.0009

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents

Romulus and Remus at Chios Revisited: A Re-examination of SEG XXX 1073

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An honorary decree from Chios, dated after Apamea (189/8 bce), offers interesting evidence for the interaction between Rome and the Greek East at the beginning of the second century bce. This chapter contributes to the understanding of this document in two ways: by proposing a new restoration in a crucial point of the text; and by returning to a much-discussed question: what is the nature of the object dedicated to the goddess Rome, in which there is a reference to the story of the birth of Romulus and Remus and the origins of Rome? On l. 25, a new possible restoration can be διήγησις, ‘narration, description, oral or written tale’, to indicate what was the content of the votive offering dedicated to the goddess Rome. If we were to visualize this dedication, we could think of a votive relief representing Romulus and Remus, combined with a text summing up briefly what preceded, and what happened after, the represented scene.

Keywords: Chios; decree; dedication; διήγησις; goddess Rome; Greek East; Remus; Rome; Romulus; votive relief

Chapter.  6683 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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