Honorary decree of an unknown city for a judge from Assos and his scribe

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.

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


15.3 x 21.6 cm (6 x 8 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Rulings for the lines are still visible. Dark gray. Fourteen lines.

“… honored should also be “so and so” and he shall receive citizenship under the same conditions. This decree should be engraved onto a marble pillar and placed in the temple of Zeus Hypatos, in order that the enthusiasm of the people for honorable and good as well as the foresight of the Assians men may be clear to all; this they exercise by sending the most excellent men to those who ask for judges. An envoy should to be chosen, and the one selected should travel to the Assians and convey the decree and ask them to receive with good will the honors on which we voted, and have them announced at a time of their choosing, and maintain friendship and good will toward us in the coming time. They should provide to have this decree copied on a marble stele and have it erected at the most visible place in their city. Athenagoras, son of Apollonios has been chosen as envoy.”

L. Robert has identified an almost identical inscription from Priene (I. Priene 71, 23-38), on the basis of which this inscription could be reconstructed.


From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); Bouleuterion. 188?: 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