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

 
Base of statue for Aristonos

Originally published by Latyshev; commentary by Solomonik

This marble statue base was found in 1881 in the area around the main city street and dated approximately to the mid-2nd century (A.D. 131 - 154).

Text:

"(Monument for) Aristonos son of Attinos, a friend of fatherland.

Who had been an ambassador to divine Augustus (to petition) for freedom, for six years, and was exhausted.

Who executed the office of prodikos.

Who executed the office of nomophylax.

Who executed the office of damiourgos beautifully.

Who was an ambassador to the king Roemetalkes and was successful.

Who executed the office of priest beautifully (and the people awarded him with a wreath) and copper image.

Who managed the (state) treasury and elucidated the funds for the city.

Who was an ambassador to the king Roemetalkes again and was successful.

Who executed the office of damiourgos beautifully (and the people awarded him with a wreath) and a statue in full.

Who was a beautiful citizen.

- Ktesiphontos has executed"

Commentary:

This inscription honored Aristonos, who held several posts and successfully executed the city's commissions during the embassies to the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius and the Bosporan king Roemetalkes. The name of sculptor, Ktesiphontos, is indicated in the end of the inscription.

Damiourgos was an official of a high rank. His position within the structure of the government of Chersonesos are not quite clear, the same as his functions, though it evidently was a political type office.

Nomophylakes were the officials responsible for keeping documents of state and supervised over the people's assemblies and meetings of the council. Their functions might also be similar with that of present court officers: British bailiffs and U.S. marshals.

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



Line drawing of the inscriptions.



Translation by © N. Khrapunov.


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