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OGIS: 351


DECREE OF THE ROMAN SENATE CONCERNING ARIARATHES AND PRIENE

Greek text:   Priene_141   ( I.Priene 39 )
Date:   c. 155-154 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Orophernes briefly gained control of Cappadocia in 157 B.C., after Ariarathes V had been expelled. When Ariarathes regained his kingdom, he demanded back a large sum of money , which Orophernes had deposited in the city of Priene ( Polyb_33.6 ). Priene refused and was then attacked by the king, until the Romans intervened; see C.Habicht in "Cambridge Ancient History", vol. 8, pp.360-1 ( Google Books ).


[A] . . . the Romans . . . thinking . . . [(?) deposited in] the temple . . .

[B] . . . [Ariarathes] besieged the city [of Priene and seized] their property and took away [many private and] public persons {slaves} . . . letting go . . . which Orophernes [deposited] in the temple of [Athene; to reply] to them benevolently, it is resolved . . . [of neither the] senate nor the people . . . concerning these matters [it is resolved thus]: . . . shall [write to] king Attalos and king Ariarathes [about] the attack just as [seems fitting] to him, from [consideration of public affairs and his own good faith. Resolved].

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