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Rizakis, A. D., Roman Peloponnese 1. Roman personal names in their social context (Achaia, Arcadia, Argolis, Korinthia and Eleia) , Athens and Paris 2001 , 63-4 no. 52 [edit]

Base for statue of Basilius, civic office holder and benefactor. Patrae (Patrai) (Achaea). Fourth to earlier fifth century (?) [edit]

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(1-4) This is the offspring of the glorious race of Pelops, the descendant of Oxylos, Basilius. He bears the same name as his father, a righteous and prudent man, obedient to the divine will. By his own will he (Basilius) has offered himself to the inhabitants as the sole quinquennial magistrate. (5-7) Despite being alone, he achieved by his decisions everything that is meet and right for men to accomplish within a city, with the consent of an excellently wise council. (8-9) During an entire year, continuously, he acquired the favour of all the inhabitants and of the foreigners likewise, by his care for the baths. (9-11) He also gave receptions to men in his great house, rewarding them at length with banquets, gold and clothes. (11-14) To the council which ministeres justice, and to the people he gave from his own lands ten thousand measures of the Eleusinian corn which Demeter who cultivates ears of corn let grow from the slopes in wide-spaced (area of) Pisa. (15-16) He offered seventy thousand measures of honey-sweet wine, product of holy Argyre; (16-17) furthermore eleven thousand (units) of gleaming olive oil (he provided) for the inhabitants. (18-20) Those who praise him in his great house all day long, everyone (of them) rewarding him with gifts of honour, set up a stone (= marble) statue of striking likeness of him (I am deeply indebted to Thomas Poiss, Berlin, and to Erkki Sironen, Helsinki, for help with the translation)
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