Fragmentary inscription in Aeolic dialect

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

Findspot: Anatolia (Turkey), Troad, Assos (Behramkale), Byzantine rooms south of the Bouleuterion


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

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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.

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Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America