THE CHOREGIA IN ATHENS AND AT IK ARIA.
of their two choregoi for having performed their duties, constitute the
sum total of the epigraphic material which M. Haussoullier found at
his disposal; and from this he concludes that two choregoi were regu-
larly appointed each year, in exactly what manner he does not attempt to
say, but probably from the few wealthy citizens, and without any special
formalities. He then raises the question, whether there was a contest
between the choregoi, and answers this in the negative,23 stating, as his
reason for this belief, that the choregoi at the city festivals contested
as representatives of their respective tribes, while in the country festi-
vals all the choregoi were members of the same deme, and, being com-
paratively few in number, would be likely to make common cause in
giving as brilliant a spectacle as possible. This view of Haussoullier
simplifies matters considerably; but, if we should find that there actu-
ally was a contest, many questions would spring up. Was there any
distinction between official and private dedications? Was there any dis-
tinction between monuments dedicated by dramatic choregoi and those
dedicated by lyric choruses ? Indeed, were there in the rural demes
both dramatic and lyric choruses ? What was the object dedicated ?
In one of the inscriptions of Ikaria published above, the deme
praises its two choregoi, as is done in the two Aixonean decrees, and
thus adds nothing to our information. The following three inscrip-
tions are, however, the first of their kind, and constitute an important
addition to our material.
INSCRIPTIONS FROM IKARIA.
Upon the edge of a marble slab (that illustrated in Figure!), found in
the wall of the church : height of letters, 0.012. They are roughly cut,
and the T has an apex giving it somewhat the appearance of P. This
is seen also in the inscription of the Lysikrates monument.
IAl< HSIA')XO M^HSI <?>IAOY Mv71at\oxo[<;~] Mvncnfytkov
TPAr-rvlAOI5XOPHr-T\KiEMIKA rpaymihol^ x°PV7^ evina.
" Mnesilochos son of Muesiphilos won the victory as choregos for
the tragic chorus."
.Marble base found in the church wall : height, 0.53 m.; width, 0.43
in.; thickness, 0.225. The front is finished perfectly smooth except
rapo also MuLLER, Lehrbuch tier (jr. Buhncnallerlhumer, p. 327.