Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens — 6.1890-1897 (1897)

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SOME INSCRIPTIONS FROM THE ARGIVE HERAEVM. 291

ters) is doubtless an epithet of 20pa, and so does not break the
alternation. Line 23 is the only one which seems to do this,
since -/cero? is probably the ending of a name in the nominative;
and KXeoVoXt? which follows seems to be a second name in the
nominative. It is also difficult to get a name short enough to
precede Jwero?, supposing this were the ending of an accusative,
when only seven letters in all are lacking.

The inscription may be a record of emancipation of slaves,
with the slaves' names in the accusative and the owners' names
in the nominative. In such documents, at Delphi and elsewhere,
women's names generally outnumber men's names by more than
two to one.17 In this list the proportion of women's names is
even larger.

While some of the names are unusual, none of them are
strange enough to be remarkable. 'QfyeXlaiv is interesting as
occurring again in different shape in No. XIY. It is perhaps a
favorite in Argolis, as it appears in SGD. 3269, 3341, 3401.

The persistence of the digamma in Aifwwa, which occurs
twice, and the Doric ending a for the first declension names,
show some retention of old style, and caution us against assign-
ing too late a date to the inscription.

XIY.

Found towards the close of the excavations of 1894, with no
exact record as to the spot. Of irregular shape, about .40 m.
long and .19 m. broad, .08 m. thick. Letters of the same size as
those of No. XIII, .005 m.—.007 m. and almost of the same
form.18 The surface is so badly worn away that but little can be
made of the inscription, and that little only on the left side.

Only a few proper names result from the most careful scrutiny,
hardly enough to make it profitable to add a transcription in
small letters. Since the differences between the letters of
this inscription and those of No. XIII were at first hardly ,
discernible, and since this stone had no original edge preserved,
it seemed as if it might belong to the same inscription. The

" Smith, Diet of Antiq., n, Glb.

18 M is somewhat broader with the upright bars more perpendicular. O is some-
what smaller.
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