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25. SEG XXVI 1084 Sicily. Megara Hyblaea. Fragmentary Sacrificial Law. First Half Of Sixth Century B.C.

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A large limestone block found in 1953. The stone, which is tapered on the right and badly corroded, was reused in a wall dated to the second to third centuries B.C. near the south-west gate of the Hellenistic city. This fragmentary and largely obscure inscription appears to regulate sacrifice in an unknown sanctuary of an unknown divinity, where it is likely to have stood in a conspicuous place and perhaps near an altar, as Guarducci points out, favoring a local sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. Two clauses can be distinguished. The first states the rule; the second, probably a conditional clause starting with αỉ δέ, might have added modifications, exceptions, or possibly dealt with infringements of the preceding rule.

Keywords: Megara Hyblaea; Olympian Zeus; SEG XXVI 1084



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