The Festival of Dionysos in Ikarion: A New Study of IG I3 254

by Peter Wilson

Hesperia, Volume 84, Issue 1
Page(s): 97-147
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.84.1.0097
Year: 2015


The long, fragmentary decree of the Attic deme Ikarion IG I3 254 is one of the earliest and most important documents for the history of the theater. It occupies one side of a stele (Athens, NM 4883), whose other side was inscribed with a series of financial accounts (IG I3 253). I present here a detailed study of the decree based on a physical analysis of the stele, which had been lost to scholarly knowledge for more than a century prior to 1999. I demonstrate that the original line length of the inscription was longer than has been thought, and I offer the first detailed commentary of the decree in its historical context, arguing that more can be learned from this inscription about the finances, administration, and performances of the Ikarian Dionysia.