A new small project is starting today in Tropaion, entitled: Sacred Poetry (see previous and ongoing project here). The project will give the original ancient Greek text with a very short commentary (I will be glad readers to provide additional commentaries). In more detail: the Sacred Poetry is a ‘storage’ of hymns based in Epidauros – and believed that was constructed the third century (the Romans were lovers of bureaucracy even in matters of religion).

I find six published inscriptions (hymns) – of course from Epidauros. The first was entitled as “for all the Gods” (IG IV²,1 12) available in Corpus Inscriptionum and to Poeti Melici Graeci (937):

[θεος πσι]



[— — — — — — — — — — π]υρ μηλ…α

[— — — — — — — —]νι Δις μ̣εγστου

[— — — — — —]ν̣ο̣ν Βρμιν τε χορευτν


…..12….. εύϊον δσκλαπιν ψι[β]αν να[κτα]

[δισσ]ος τε καλετε Διοσκορους | [σ]εμνς τε

ρ]ι̣τ̣ας εκλεες τε Μοσας | εμ[εν]ες τε

Μ̣ορας | Ἠέλιν τ’ κμαντα Σελνην τε

π̣λ[]θουσαν· | ν δ τ τερεα πντα, τ τ’ ορανς


[]σ̣τ̣ε̣φνωται. | χαρετε θνατοι πντες θεο

αἰὲν ἐόντες | θνατα τε θεα, κα σζετε

τνδ’ πιδαρου | ναν ν ενομαι πολυνορι

λλνων | εροκαλλνεικοι εμενε σν λβωι.


A restoration of the above hymns missing parts is available by Robert Wagman (ZPE 103: 101-102), who restores the line 4 and the missing word with the ending [--]νον with the term(s) [--Λί]νον or [--Λίνον αἴλι]νον. The reason of this suggestion is the Βρμιν τε χορευτν which can be both a God’s epithet or a Heroes’ name. According to Wagman, the term [--Λί]νον is the most appropriate because signifies the existence of Apollo’s musician son Linos, offspring of Psamanthe (Paus.2.19), who was worshiped in Epidauros and Argos.

For the line 5 restored by P. Mass (1933): Φιλ]εύϊον and Wagman suggests: τ]ε υἰόν and further adds: Λατοῦς τ]ε υἰόν.

Re-edited: 21/09/2006