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

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A TEMPLE IN ERETRIA.

tion ran Mfjvtos Aa^wSo?. This account looked hopeful; hut two
days' digging of trenches on this spot revealed the bed-rock at a
very slight depth, while nothing but modern walls appeared. We
found two inscriptions, almost at the beginning of our work, on
plain stelae. These were simply the names

IPPOKAEIA
and KAEITOI

We also noticed built into a wine-vat, and taken from the same
spot where we dug, another epitaph running

TAPAMONOI
PY0QNC—
Could this be a stone-cutters' error for Uvdwvos ?

Of course the temple may still lie within a hundred yards 01
the spot on which we dug, but we have done ample justice to our
main reason for selecting this spot, viz., the testimony of the
land owner.

One may perhaps now all the more readily lend an ear to those
who strongly suspect that Strabo has erred or been made to err
by bad copying, and so seek the temple much farther away.25

Not until excavations have been undertaken at every promis-
ing point near Bathya, and at reasonable distances in the other
direction, toward Chalcis, should we despair of locating the temple.
Athens, Rufus B. Richardson.

March, 1895.

,5Ulrichs (Reisen, n, p. 249) is inclined to seek it at Bathya, two hours to the
east of Eretria. Inscriptions point to something like this. Cf. Eph. Arch. A', p.
1836, No. 3524. An old church near Bathya is mentioned as the place of finding.
What is more to the point, the fragment of the Eretria-Histiaea treaty, ahove re-
ferred to, was said by an informant, whom Eustratiades {Eph. Arch. W, p. 382) re-
garded as more trustworthy than the setter of the stone, to have come not from a
place near Orcos, but from Bathya.
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