Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 44.1108


Greek text:   SEG_44.1108
Date:   158 B.C.
Tags:     royal_letters
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription refers to the devastation caused by a war against the Pisidians. Trogus, Prologue 34, mentions a war during this period: "on the death of Eumenes, king of Asia, Attalus replaced him and went to war with the Selegenses and King Prusias" (the Selegenses are the inhabitants of Selge in Pisidia). Olbasa, which lay in the region of Milyas, on the border between Pisidia and Lycia, clearly remained loyal to the Attalid kings.

[A] It was resolved by the council and the people, as recommended by the strategoi Hermogenes son of Thearides, Moles son of Menandros, Artimos son of Arapios, with Eumenes son of Menandros acting as secretary of the people: since Sotas son of Patroklos previously, when he was a neighbour of the city, was really helpful to the citizens in the critical times of the Pisidian war, when he always welcomed the citizens who had fled there to escape from the enemy; he distributed provisions to those who had been forced out of their homes and showed goodwill towards the king's affairs; he made clear his [good intentions] . . .

[B] . . . the treasurer shall allocate money for the anticipated cost of this from the public revenues and the strategoi of the city shall take care of its erection; envoys shall be chosen, to visit the king; they shall hand over the decree to him, and urge him to confirm what has been decreed.

Menis and Pisdes were chosen as envoys.

[C] King Attalos to the council and people of Olbasa, greetings. Menis and Pisdes, whom you sent as envoys, have handed over to me two decrees, in which you have written that you wish to honour Aristarchos the strategos and Sotas the overseer of your city; and they requested that I should agree with your intentions; therefore, since we also consider that they are worthy of honour, implement the decrees as you have already informed [me]. Farewell.   Year 1, 20th day of Dios.

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