Fragmentary inscription in Aeolic dialect

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
not later than 150 B.C.


Findspot: Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)

Dimensions

19.1 x 53.4 cm (7 1/2 x 21 in.)

Accession Number

84.48

Medium or Technique

Marble

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Inscriptions

The slab has been broken through the center of the inscription, the right side only being preserved. The letters are small and hopelessly worn.

The fragmentary inscription mentions the name of Bacchus and alludes to vines or vineyards. It also refers to the name Rhodi(on) or Rhodi(kon), which, as scholars have speculated, may be a place name near Assos or a river between Dardanos and Abydos, as described by Strabo (13.595). Others have suggested the island of Rhodes. The document, which may have been a donation or a testament, also speaks of the value of eighty staters.

Provenance

From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); Byzantine rooms south of the subterranean passage below the Bouleuterion. 1881-2: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 15, 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America