Inscribed fragment with list of public measures and weights
Greek, East Greek
Classical or Hellenistic Period
probably 4th century B.C.
Findspot: Anatolia (Turkey), Troad, Assos (Behramkale), North of the temple on the Acropolis
Overall: 29 x 18 x 10.5 cm (11 7/16 x 7 1/16 x 4 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
List of public measures and weights. Gray discoloration. Nine lines.
“These vessels are for public use under the authority of the agoranomos, Megistias son of Sogenes: three bronze vessels holding half a medimnos, nine holding half a sixth, ten holding two choinikes, (and) seven choinikes; four bronze vessels holding three choes, one holding half a chous, another with a funnel holding half a chous; bronze weights, three of a talent, ……weighing five minas…”
The agoranomos was a public official in Greek cities who supervised the commercial aspects of the agora and was in charge of the weight standards.
DRY MEASURES 1 medimnos = 48 choenikes = 192 kotylai 1 choenix = 4 kotylai 1 kotyle = 6 kyatho
LIQUID MEASURES 1 metretes = 12 choes = 144 kotylai = 864 kyathoi 1 chous = 12 kotylai = 72 kyathoi 1 kotyle = 6 kyathoi
UNITS OF RECKONING
1 talent = 60 minae = 6,000 drachmae
The talent and mina were measures of weight for large sums of money (coins or bullion) rather than coins.
From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); on the Acropolis, north of the temple, near the surface of the ground. May 10th, 1882: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 15, 1884.
Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America