The small plate with the inscription of Kleom(b)rotos, an athlete winner at the Olympic Games, from Francavilla Marittima near Sybaris was the object of many epigraphic studies. However, it has not achieved a sure and unanimous interpretation. This article examines the various issues of the dedication from an archaeological point of view. The linguistic models and the metric rhythm of the inscription, expression of an oral culture, are related to the rituals and the ceremonies in the Greek archaic sanctuaries. The inscribed plate of bronze commemorates the solemn promise of Kleom(b)rotos to Athena and the donation perhaps of a xoanon or a sphyrelaton erected in the sanctuary on the Timpone della Motta (c. 600-575 BC).

“Kleom(b)rotos, figlio di Dexilaos, (mi) dedicò”. L’offerta di un atleta vincitore ad Olimpia nel santuario di Francavilla Marittima.

M. Paoletti
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
2019

Abstract

The small plate with the inscription of Kleom(b)rotos, an athlete winner at the Olympic Games, from Francavilla Marittima near Sybaris was the object of many epigraphic studies. However, it has not achieved a sure and unanimous interpretation. This article examines the various issues of the dedication from an archaeological point of view. The linguistic models and the metric rhythm of the inscription, expression of an oral culture, are related to the rituals and the ceremonies in the Greek archaic sanctuaries. The inscribed plate of bronze commemorates the solemn promise of Kleom(b)rotos to Athena and the donation perhaps of a xoanon or a sphyrelaton erected in the sanctuary on the Timpone della Motta (c. 600-575 BC).
Francavilla Marittima
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dedica votiva di statua lignea (xoanon ?) arcaica
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