Decree honoring Diophantos

Inscription honoring the emperor Zeno

Civic Oath of Chersonesos

Decree honoring Syriskos the historian

Base of statue for Agasikles

Proxeny decree for an ambassador from Mithridates Eupator

Decree honoring ambassadors from Herakleia

Base of statue for Aristonos

Treaty of alliance with the king Pharnakes I

List of those who won sport competitions

Inscription about the tax on prostitution

Fragment of a decree about the fortress of Napites

Inscription about construction of a city gate

Dedication to the goddess Nemesis

Inscription regarding the liberation of Kalos Limen

Decree honoring the emperor Marcus Aurelius

Decree honoring Gaius Julius Satyrus

Proxeny for a citizen of Sinope

Epitaph in verse on stele for Xanthos

Inscription on the stele set up by doctor

Epitaph in verse on stele for Oinanthe

Short epitaphs

 
Decree honoring the emperor Marcus Aurelius

Originally published and commented by V. P. Yaylenko

This marble slab with decree honoring the emperor Marcus Aurelius, procurator of the province of Moesia Inferior, Titus Aurelius Calpurnianus Apollonides and his wife Aurelia Paulina was found in 1990 in the area where the Roman citadel had been located. Fragments of this inscribed slab were used as a floor pavement in medieval tower.

Text:

"(because)… stay at us… for good fortune, to honor him by the full complement of people's assembly, for which purpose to assemble the first citizens, demos, and the rest of population; to ask him (Apollonides) loudly… with exclusively joyful cry, to proclaim him altogether and solemnly the citizen, the councilor, and proedros; and to render him according to his deserts with every other honor (accepted by) us in response for his benefaction, as appropriate. Therefore, be it resolved by the council and the people. First of all, to praise the emperor for he sent such a procurator, the savior of the most beautiful region, support for the province; and also, to pay this (emperor) excellent honors to certify (that) he sent such a leader of piece for the good of our city. Then, to praise T(itus) Aurelius Calpurnianus Apollonides himself and render him with every honor and to set up his image and statues, and for the herald to make proclamation in the future times about his grace to us. To give him the proxenies, citizenship rights, (the right of) arrival and departure both in time of piece and war, without confiscation (or) treaty, for him and his heirs and his property. Will he be bouleutes, vote with the proedroi of the original Chersonesites, participate in all those affairs in the city in which the first of Chersonesos citizens participate. Will this resolution be carved in a white marble slab and set up in the most visible place of the city. These things were resolved by the council (and) the people in the year of 198 of Parthenos' reign, when Oulpios Bakchios was the priest, on the first day of the month Eukleios (March), when T(itus) Fl(avius) Attianos was secretary of the council. These things were authenticated by seals in the first (line): goddess queen Parthenos, Oulpios Bakchios priest, Themistos son of Straton first archon, Ariston son of Theagenes, Apollonides son of Hieronos, Stratokles son of Stratophilos, Peison son of Gaios, Kelerianos son of Stratophilos, Filomousos son of Philomousos, Chrestos son of Papios, Kyrenios son of Lysimachos, Antipatros son of Antipatros, Attinas son of Patros, Oualerios Preimanos, T(itus) Fl(avius) Ariston heir of Pontikos, Apollonios son of Apollonios, Arestion son of Theagenes. Second (line): Fl(avius) Nason second archon, Demoteles son of Demoteles, Attinas son of Eurydamos. Third (line): Ioulios Peison third archon, Attinas son of Ariston first prodikos, Eurydamos son of Diogenes. Fl(avius) Parthenokles nomophylax signed and the secretary of the council.

(...) - being from the people - gathered (equipped) - with us - as appropriate. Therefore, be it resolved by the council and the people to praise Aurelia Paulina wife of this city's benefactor T(itus) Aurelius Calpurnianus Apollonides, for all that, to crown (her) with a golden wreath from the council and the people's assembly, and to announce thanks from the people at the closing common festival. To give her the proxenies, citizenship rights, (the right of) arrival and departure both in time of piece and war, without confiscation (or) treaty, for her and her property, and participation in everything which is possessed by the Chersonesites. Will this resolution be carved in a white marble stele and set up in the most visible place of the city. These things were resolved by the council (and) the people in the year of 198 of Parthenos' reign, when Oulpios Bakchios was the priest, on the first day of the month Eukleios (March), when T(itus) Fl(avius) Attianos was secretary of the council".

Commentary:

[Under construction]


Archontes were elective members of the city government headed by the first archon.

Nomophylakes, literally 'those who guard the law', were the officials responsible for keeping documents of state (laws), and supervised over the people's assemblies and meetings of the council.

Prodikos was a certain judicial officer, he might be a kind of arbitrator.


Translation by © N. Khrapunov.


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