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The Hekatompedon Inscription As Monument And Masterpiece

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The definitive word for the Hekatompedon Inscription, present in the background from the moment the idea was brought up in the Introduction, is &t;monument&t;. In Latin monumentum is very closely linked to memory, to the point that &t;memorial&t; is something of a synonym. Monumenta can designate commemorative buildings, statues, and documents committed to memory by the very act of writing. This chapter argues that in the Hekatompedon Inscription, as opposed to the other core inscriptions, the use of this interpunct becomes self-reflexive, also an attribute of a masterpiece, in the following way: the nine-point interpunct, configured three by three as proved on Metope B, is a miniature stoikhedon within the greater stoikhedon of the inscription proper. This accords with the definition inspired by the Stele of Moskhion: there must be nine elements at the least for the matrix to work on the diagonals as well as the verticals and horizontals.

Keywords: Hekatompedon Inscription; Metope B



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