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Royal Correspondence: 68


LETTER OF ATTALOS III TO HIERAKOME IN LYDIA

Original text:   TAM_5.2.1396   ( OGIS_333 )
Date:     138-133 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

The writer of this letter is not named in the inscription. Welles attributed the letter to Attalos III; but this is not certain, and more recently it has been suggested that the writer was a Roman emperor, perhaps Claudius - see B.Dignas, "Economy of the Sacred in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor", page 288 ( Google Books ).


I guarantee you the inviolability of the Persian Goddess {Anaitis} in your city provided that your existing institution be thereby in no way changed, if in fact you enjoy this on the grounds of having actually received from former rulers and from my ancestors the grants about which you have written. There being two almost identical decrees which your envoys gave me I have dictated one order, a written abstract of which I have ordered to be given to your two envoys; in this I have ordered to be inserted the names of their colleagues.

letter 69


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