Τὰ τῶν ἐμποριτῶν φιλάνθρωπα:

Miltiades B. Hatzopoulos

in Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652143
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745935 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents

Τὰ τῶν ἐμποριτῶν φιλάνθρωπα:

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The discovery in 1990, in the region of Philippoupolis/Plovdiv (Bulgaria), of a 46 line Greek inscription dating from the mid-fourth century bc has provoked great interest, has been the object of a special conference, and has occasioned the publication of an important number of studies. Nevertheless, several crucial points remain unsettled: To what diplomatic category does the document belong? Who is its author? Where does the locality Pistiros, mentioned in the document, lie? What is the exact nature of the relationship between the different population groups (Thracians, Emporitai, Pistirinoi, Maronitai, Thasians, Apolloniatai) mentioned therein? What punctuations should lines 20–27 receive and how should they be interpreted? How should lines 24–26 be read and understood? Such are the questions which this chapter reviews and to which it attempts to give satisfactory answers. The new analysis allows a better understanding of the trade privileges granted to Maroneia by the rulers of the Odrysian kingdom.

Keywords: Apolloniatai; Emporitai; Maroneia; Odrysian kingdom; Pistiros; Philippoupolis; population groups; rulers; trade; Thasians

Chapter.  3387 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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