Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens — 5.1886-1890

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is 4.83 m. The present interior length of the first course, the height
of which is 0.82 m., is 4.74 m., leaving 0.09 m., which is accounted
for by the end blocks ou both sides being broken. The height of the two
blocks which supported the architrave is 0.635 m., and, taking the
other two stones that have the same height as also belonging to the
upper course, wc obtain a length of 4.82 m. The blocks arc roughly
cut, so that a difference of one centimeter in the measurements may
be passed by. For the two original intervening courses, there are
eight blocks, four having a height of 0.G5 m., and four of 0.625 m.
Of the four of the latter height every stone is intact, and these give
a length of arc of exactly 4.83 m. One block of the remaining course
is broken on one edge; and the length of the stones of this course
comes to 4.81 m. The front width of the roof-pieces inside the chan-
nel is 2.83 in., which agrees perfectly with the length of the archi-
trave. The extremities of the architrave are not square, but are cut
with a curve corresponding to that of the walls. Comparing the meas-
urements of the architrave with those of the end pieces of the upper
course, the widths of the cutting and of the architrave are found to
be exactly the same, being 0.36 m., but the depth of the cutting is
0.40 m., while that of the architrave is only 0.315 m., leaving a space
of 0.085 m., which must have been filled by small capitals. Fig. 3
gives the front elevation of the monument, as restored from the exist-
ing remains. There may also have been columns, one on each side,
as in a temple in antis; but no remains of such columns were found,
nor does the architrave show any trace of such supports. The roof
undoubtedly held adornment of some sort, as is shown by the cut-
tings on the upper side of the stones. The presence of such adorn-
ment and the inscription on the architrave, besides the general form
of the structure, constitute the data from which wc must form our
conclusion as to the character of the monument. That it was a me-
morial of victory is set forth by the inscription ; but arc wc justified
in holding that the victory had connection with the choregia, and thus
in callinsr it a clioreuric monument?

The choregic monuments of which we know the exact form are three,
all at Athens : the well-known monument of Lysikrates in the Street
of the Tripods ; the monument of Thrasyllos, which, up to the time of
the Greek Revolution, stood above the Dionysiac Theatre on the south
side of the Akropolis, drawings of it being given by Stuart and Hevett;1

'Antiquities of Athens, vol. II, chap. IV, pis. l, II, in, ff.
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