Main Site . Other insciptions from the main site of Boubon
25. Honorary inscription for Marcus Aurelius Magas (?)
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The council and [the people] of Boubon have honored with the [deserved honors] and the erection of a statue [Marcus] Aurelius Magas, son of [Magas] III, great-great-grandson of [Troilos, citizen of Boubon], the deceased, an honorable young man who exercised for the most illustrious Lycian [league] the office of hypophylax [brilliantly (?)], generously [and splendidly (?)], and the office of archiphylax magnanimously, who has been honored both [in the city] and the league, [a kinsman] of men of senatorial and consular rank......
Two fragments of a statue base, seen and documented in August 2004 on the southwest slope of the mountain of Boubon, among the first ruins one encounters on the way up. The fragments were found near nos. 23, 26 and 32, on the west side of what seems to have been a substantial building or terrace construction. This is the sole location on the entire site, where inscriptions have been preserved. Remains of at least four stone benches, and fragments of inscribed and uninscribed or completely worn bases lie among scattered building blocks. In addition to no. 23, a stone known since the middle of the eighteenth century, three inscriptions have been found here recently: no. 26 was recorded in the nineties by Milner, and the other two are new finds (nos. 25 and 32). Of the thirteen further inscriptions recorded in Boubon by Bean and Schindler, we have been able to locate merely no. 29 in İbecik, and we were told that no. 5 has been buried in the theater to protect it from looters.
A: Height: 85 cm; length: 37 cm; depth: 55 cm; letters: 2-2.5 cm.
B: Height: 23 cm; length: 26 cm; depth: 55 cm; letters: 2 cm.
Kokkinia 2007, pp. 171-174.
The larger Fragment (A) preserves the right upper part of the base, with 15 inscribed lines. We found the stone lying on its side so that the inscription was easily readable. The lettering is regular, and variations of size appear intentional to stress the content of some lines, the first 6 in particular. In the lower part of the inscription the letters are 2 cm high. In his effort to follow the rules of hyphenation within words, the stonecutter preferred on three occasions to place letters on the right margin, rather than add them to the next line (ll. 1, 12 and 15).
Fragment B was found in the extension of A and very near to it. It preserves parts of 7 lines with lettering identical in style and size to that of fragment A. Also the depth of this stone agrees with that of the larger fragment.
L. 5-6 : Μάγας: see no. 24.
L. 7-8 : The restoration is based on no. 24. See a detailed discussion in Kokkinia (op. cit.), 172.