|The Remaining Blocks of Lysanders' Monument at Delphi|
Jona Lendering CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0
Back in April last year I added a new page Myndians in History which included Pausanias’ reference to a monument at Delphi in honour of Theopompos of Myndos, who sailed with Lysander at the battle of Aegospotami in 405 BC.
To paraphrase a North Staffordshire expression I was like a dog with two appendages having found mention of a Myndian trireme captain which predated Mausolus’ synoecism of the Lelegian towns in the 4th century BC.
However it now appears that I may have been a little premature, after a little more reading there are two other suggestions:
Xenophon states that Theopompos was a Milesian buccaneer who was dispatched to Sparta with the news of Lysander’s victory,
The second and most recent hypothesis is that Theopompos was a Melian (Theopompus, son of Lapompus of Melos). I came a across a few footnotes which cited A Selection of Greek Historical Inscriptions to the End of the Fifth Century BC edited by Russell Meiggs and David M Lewis who reviewed the inscriptions on the thirteen surviving blocks of limestone which still bear the prints of the feet of the bronze statues erected by Lysander.