Clarke, Joseph Thacher ; Bacon, Francis H. ; Koldewey, Robert
Investigations at Assos: expedition of the Archaeological Institute of America ; drawings and photographs of the buildings and objects discovered during the excavations of 1881, 1882, 1883 (Part I - V) — London, 1902-1921

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INSCRIPTIONS FROM THE AGORA

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Fig. 14. Fragment of Inscription*
Found under the altar of Byzantine Apse, which had been
built in the Agora Temple.
It contains a decree of the town of Stratonikeia, conveying
the public thanks and a vote of a crown to Assos for sending
a judge. The stone was not used as a part of the pavement, but
was thrown in with the debris to raise the level of the floor of
the apse. The top is lost with the preamble of the decree,
which is restored conjecturally below. The width varies from
0.405 to 0.415 metres; the greatest height is 0.53 m., the
smallest is 0.47 m.
[“.Sy decree of the Senate. Seeing that the -people of Assos have been
well disposed and friendly to the people of Stratonikeia, both in former times
and now, when the people of Stratonikeia had sent an embassy to request
them to grant a judge, the people of Assos, being ever zealous in the cause
of justice, according to the laws~\ of their country [have sent Amyname-
nos, son of Bresikles,who, upon his arrival in [Stratonikeia, has striven^
to justify by his acts [the choice~\ of his country, [judging the suits
which he settled equitably,] justly, and according to the laws, [in order
that\ he might appear just to all those [for whom he judged f And
in all other matters connected with his mission he showed himself
during his stay with us worthy of the citizens who sent him and of
our people as well, inasmuch as he preserved the dignity of the
country in all respects. And after the duties of his mission had been
discharged, he sojourned among us with all good-will and as was be-
coming to an honorable and good man. Now therefore, in order that
the people may appear to be at all times mindful of good men by re-
turning becoming thanks, be it resolved as follows, with the blessing
of Fortune : —
That the people of Assos receive our thanks and be crowned with
a golden crown for having sent an honorable and good man, one
worthy of both the cities. And that the judge Amynamenos, son of
Bresikles, be thanked, and that the freedom of the city be given to him
and his descendants, on fair and equal terms with our own citizens,
and that he be assigned to tribe and deme, and also be crowned with
a golden crown. And let the directors of the contest make proclama-
tion of the crowns, in the musical contest which is celebrated in honor
of Rome, in the following words : ‘ The people of Stratonikeia crown

* Now in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

the people of Assos and Amynamenos, son of Bresikles, the judge
sent to us, with a golden crown, on account of their excellence, justice,
and good-will towards our people.’
“And in order that the Assians also may know the gratitude of
our people, let an ambassador be chosen, and let the ambassador-elect,
immediately upon his arrival at Assos, present himself to the senate
and the assembly of the people, and make known the honors herein
voted to them, as well as the justice which was meted out by their
judge, and let him request them, as they are already well-wishers and
friends of our people, to increase their friendship, knowing that the
people of Stratonikeia will ever preserve their good-will for the Assians.
Let him request that the honors be proclaimed at Assos also every
year at the celebration of the games, and that a prominent place be set
apart in which a stone stele having this decree engraved upon it may
be set up. Let the treasurers pay to the ambassador who is sent the
sum expended upon the stele, which must not exceed thirty drach-
mas, from the public revenues. Pythion, son of Empedion, was
chosen ambassador.”
Probable date of inscription, 150 b.c.

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Fig. 15. Fragment of Inscription*
Found below the Agora. Rulings for the lines are still
visible.



Fig. 16. Fragment of Dicast Stele *
Found near the Agora, of white marble. The inscrip-
tion is broken away.
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