Here is the ticket :

I have at home since several years a old ticket (originally, I thought it was a stamp) and I would like try to determine its value and where it was printed. I think it is written in Greek but I don't understand the text because I don't speak a word of Greek. If you can help me, thanks =)

Here is the complete image with a new ticket. What is the abbreviation ΕΠ ? Thanks for this, I will already learn more about the Greek orator :)


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  • This seems to be only a part of the image - there's some text cut of at the bottom. Would it be possible to post the complete image? I'm not sure if this is a stamp at all - εισιτήριο means ticket, not stamp; the abbreviation ΕΠ doesn't point to the greek postal service, the ΕΛΤΑ or ΕΤ (Ελληνικά Ταχυδρομεία). The images shows the greek orator Demosthenes at the right and the Pnyx on the Left.
    – tohuwawohu
    Mar 23, 2014 at 12:51
  • i have edit the post ;)
    – newuser
    Mar 23, 2014 at 13:50

4 Answers 4


These are tickets to the archaeological sites of Epidaurus (which includes the still in use theatre) and Mycenae. In the Epidaurus ticket, the images are of the Athenian Pnyx and the orator Demosthenes. In the Mycenae ticket you can see the Lion Gate, as Pieter Geerkens already mentioned.

The fine print on the left (the printing company's name) is written in katharevousa. This and the price (70 drachmas) points to the tickets being issued sometime in the 70s or early 80s.


The text above the first image is in both Greek alphabet and in English, the latter being:

(He did did not seem to be resting, but his mind was in action and he seemed to be revolving some subtle plan ...)

Anthologia Palatina

More on the background of the Palatine Anthology and it's significance is available here (pp 362)

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The Palatine Anthology was discovered in Heidelberg in 1606, and is a collection of approximately 3700 epigrams, or poems, derived from the collection compiled by the Byzantine protopapas (archpriest) Constantine Cephelas around 900 AD.

The second image is of the Lion Gate in Mycenae: enter image description here

and is accompanied by a poem fragment that is attributed to the Greek Anthology, which is the collective title for the Palatine Anthology and the smaller Planudea Anthology.

The text underneath the first image translates into English as Archaia Epidavros, the current name for a small fishing village at the east coast of the Peloponnese.

The text above the price on both stamps translates into Latin lettering as Eisithirion, the Greek word for ticket. (Observe also the perforations along the left edge of both images.)

OP's guess that they are museum tickets might explain the dual Greek/English wording.

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    Hmm - if it's ticket dating from 2006, i think it wouldn't use drachma as currency. Besides, initially, the euro/drachma equivalent was 1:340, so 70 drachma would be about 20 eurocent today (on that base, i assume the tickets are quite old). Regarding Demosthenes: there's a caption beneath the portrait, denoting demosthenes (as well as below the pnyx).
    – tohuwawohu
    Mar 23, 2014 at 14:09
  • In fact, I have this ticket for years (since about 1980), an old man give me these tickets before dying. So it can not be 2006 :) I guess also that is museum ticket because this man travelled in lot of country. But the mystery remains on the date? and therefore this ticket has no value? Damage: D
    – newuser
    Mar 23, 2014 at 14:29
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    @newuser: You would have to talk to a collector before assuming that they have no value. They are in good condition, and care was taken in the producing the image quality, so they may be collector's items. Making that judgement is not part of the expertise of this site. Mar 23, 2014 at 14:32
  • ok you think it could date from when?
    – newuser
    Mar 23, 2014 at 14:35
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    Eisithirion is indeed the Greek word for ticket.
    – Ioanna
    Mar 23, 2014 at 14:37

I guess those are greek tickets (εισιτηριον) for excavation sites or museums. The EP and MYK correspond to the location, ancient epidaurus (Palaia epidauros, ancient epidauros) and mykene.

The vertical writing on the left points to the printing company, Aspioti-ELKA that was declared bancrupt in 1997.


That is indeed Greek Looks like a Ticket to a museum or field.

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    Hello Jaque and welcome to History. Please only post answers when you have new information to add, and don't just repeat earlier answers.
    – yannis
    Mar 26, 2014 at 11:05

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