Epitaph of Antiochus, King of Commagene

When she returned disconsolate from his funeral
the sister of the man who in life had been mild and meek,
the most scholarly Antiochus, King of Commagene,
wanted an epitaph for him.
And the Ephesian sophist Callistratus-who oftened sojourned in the little state of Commagene and had been shown hospitality gladly and repeatedly in the royal house-wrote it, according to the suggestions of the Syrian courtiers,
and sent it to the venerable old lady

"Let the glory of Antiochus the benevolent king
be praised worthily, O Commagenians.
He was the provident governor of our country.
He was just, wise, courageous.
And he was moreover that best of all, a Greek-
humanity has no more honorable quality:
those beyond are found among the gods."


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