Magnesian inviolability

Journal Article (Review)

In 221/20 the citizens of Magnesia on the Maeander sought to create crowned games in honor of Artemis Leukophryene. The goddess had appeared to them and Delphi instructed that "it is more agreeable and better for those who revere Apollo Pythios and Artemis Leukophryene and treat the city and territory of the Magnesians on the Maeander as sacred and inviolable." But why it took Magnesia more than a decade to secure asylia and inaugurate the enhanced games has remained a puzzle. It has been thought since Kern (1901) that the Magnesians first attempted to win acceptance of inviolability and the games in 221/20, that their invitations were almost universally snubbed, and that the city did not succeed in securing international recognition until 208/7. This paper argues that there was no failed campaign of invitations in 221, that Magnesia did not canvass the Greek world until 208/7.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sosin, JD

Published Date

  • September 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 139 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 369 - 410

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-0699

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0360-5949

Citation Source

  • Scopus