Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 32.491


Greek text:   IG_7.2413 ,   SEG_32.491
Date:   c. 145 B.C.
Tags:     Roman_letters
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription was found at Thebes. Most recent writers on the subject have assumed that the Roman consul in letter B is L. Mummius Achaicus, who is known to have intervenened in a dispute over the Nemean Games; for his arbitration at Nemea, see S.L.Ager, "Interstate Arbitrations in the Greek World, 33790 B.C.", no. 152 ( Google Books ).

Some other aspects of the restoration and interpretation of the inscription have caused controversy. For a discussion of letter A, and the status of the Greek mainland shortly after the Roman conquest, see R.K.Sherk, "Rome and the Greek East to the Death of Augustus", no. 37 ( Google Books ); for a discussion of letter B, and the reference to Kraton, see B.Le Guen, "Kraton, Son of Zotichos: Artists' Associations and Monarchic Power in the Hellenistic Period", pp.264-266 ( ).

[A]   . . . [in] the province of the Romans and that part [(?) of Greece] that they govern, I grant you, on account of Dionysos and [the other gods] and on account of the profession that you have espoused, [that you shall be completely] immune from liturgies and from billeting [and from] taxes, and exempt from every form of tribute, [both yourselves and] your wives and your children until they reach [adult] age, as you requested.

[B]   With good fortune.   10 [(?) Lucius Mummius], consul of the Romans, [to the association of the] Dionysiac artists [in Ionia and] the Hellespont, and the artists associated with [Dionysos Kathegemon] . . . with Kraton [son of Zotichos] . . .  

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