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The Hellenistic Age from the Battle of Ipsos to the Death of Kleopatra VII


A representative selection of translated documents depicting the political and social history of Greece and the Near and Middle East from circa 300 to 30 B.C. Most selections have been drawn directly from papyrological and epigraphical sources and many have never been translated into English before.
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A representative selection of translated documents depicting the political and social history of Greece and the Near and Middle East from circa 300 to 30 B.C. Most selections have been drawn directly from papyrological and epigraphical sources and many have never been translated into English before.
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Table of Contents

Volume Editor's Introduction xiii
Abbreviations xvi
Symbols xx
Chapter 1 From Ipsos to Korupedion (301-281) 1
1 Ephesos honors Nikagoras, son of Aristarchos, from Rhodes, ambassador of Demetrios Poliorketes and Seleukos 1
2 Miletos honors the future Antiochos I for providing funds for a stoa 2
3 Dedication of Arsinoe (II) to the Great Gods 4
4 Athens honors Poseidippos for aiding an embassy to Kassandros 4
5 Papyrus containing excerpts from an Olympiad chronicle 5
6 Athens honors Herodoros, a courtier of Demetrios Poliorketes 7
7 Hymn honoring Demetrios Poliorketes as a god 8
8 The Ionian League honors Hippostratos, strategos in charge of the cities of the Ionian League 9
9 Letter of Seleukos I informing Miletos of a dedication by him to Apollo at Didyma 11
10 Priene establishes a cult in honor of King Lysimachos 12
11 Athens honors Philippides, son of Philokles, from Kephale, a friend of King Lysimachos 13
12 Letter of King Lysimachos to the Samians concerning a boundary dispute with Priene 15
13 Athens honors the archon Euthios 17
14 A letter of Epicurus concerning the ransoming of Mithres, dioiketes of Lysimachos 18
Chapter 2 The Seleucid Kingdom 20
15 A decree of Ilion honoring Antiochos I 20
16 The crossing of the Galatians to Asia 21
17 Priene honors Sotas, son of Lykos, for valor against the Galatians 22
18 Biography of the epic poet Simonides of Magnesia 24
19 A decree of the villages of Neoteichos and Kiddios 24
20 Decree of Ilion honoring Metrodoros, physician to Antiochos I 26
21 Dossier concerning a grant of royal land by Antiochos I to Aristodikides of Assos 26
22 Treaty between Antiochos I or II and Lysimacheia 29
23 Letter of Antiochos I or II to Erythrai 30
24 Letter of Antiochos II concerning a sale of land to his wife Laodike 31
25 List of Milesian eponyms from 313 to 260 (selections) 33
26 Letter of Ziaelas, king of Bithynia, concerning the sanctuary of Asklepios on Kos 34
27 Decree of the Koan deme of the Aigelioi in honor of Anaxippos, a public physician 35
28 Union of Teos and the fortress of Kyrbissos 35
29 Letter of Antiochos III concerning the foundation of a colony 37
30 The foundation of the festival of Artemis Leukophryene at Magnesia on the Maeander 38
31 Decree of the Aitolian League recognizing the inviolability of Magnesia on the Maeander 40
32 Decree of Antioch in Persis recognizing the festival of the Leukophryenia established by Magnesia on the Maeander 41
33 Teos awards Antiochos III and his queen Laodike III divine honors for granting the city inviolability and relieving it of the tributes it had paid to Attalos I 43
34 Sidon honors Diotimos, son of Dionysios, for his victory in the chariot race at the Nemean games 45
35 Letter of Antiochos III granting privileges to the Jews for their aid during the Fifth Syrian War 46
36 Letter of Queen Laodike III, wife of Antiochos III, to Iasos 47
37 Treaty ending a war between Miletos and Magnesia on the Maeander 48
38 Athens honors Eumenes II and his brother Attalos for aiding Antiochos IV to become king 51
39 Antiochos IV as king of Egypt 52
40 Miletos honors Eirenias, son of Eirenias 54
41 A dedication to Antiochos IV as founder of Babylon 55
42 Dossier concerning the exemption of the Samaritans from the persecution of the Jews by Antiochos IV 56
43 Letter of Antiochos V announcing the end of the persecution of the Jews begun by Antiochos IV 57
44 Treaty of alliance between Rome and the Jews 58
45 Monument in honor of Phile, daughter of Apollonios 59
46 The Lindos Chronicle 60
47 Miletos honors Theophanes, son of Hiroitas 63
48 A syncretistic ruler cult: the self-deification of Antiochos I of Kommagene 63
Chapter 3 The Greeks in Baktria and India 67
49 Pillar base containing an elegiac dedication and five Delphic maxims 67
50 Bilingual inscription of Asoka 67
51 The Greeks in Baktria 68
52 A dedication to the god of the Oxos River 71
53 Dedication to the Hindu god Vishnu by Heliodoros, son of Dion 72
Chapter 4 Macedon and the Greeks of Europe 73
54 Manumission of slaves with paramone restriction 73
55 Athens honors Kallias, son of Thymochares, from Sphettos, Ptolemaic governor of Halikarnassos 74
56 The Chremonides decree 77
57 An Athenian patriot: the life of Philochoros 80
58 The end of the Chremonidean War: Athens under Macedonian rule 80
59 Athens honors Zeno, the founder of Stoicism 81
60 Honors for Herakleitos, son of Asklepiades, from Athmonea 82
61 Decree of the isoteleis stationed at Rhamnous in honor of the strategos, Apollodoros, son of Apollodoros 83
62 Chios recognizes the Delphic Soteria as reorganized by the Aitolian league 84
63 Dedication by Antigonos Doson to Apollo in commemoration of the battle of Sellasia 86
64 Lamia honors the poetess Aristodama of Smyrna 86
65 A letter of King Philippos V of Macedonia to Larisa 87
66 Regulations for the Macedonian army on campaign 88
67 Biographical inscription honoring Eurykleides, son of Mikion, from Kephisia, for a career of distinguished service to Athens 90
68 Istria honors Agathokles, son of Antiphilos 91
69 Honors for Satyros, son of Polemarchos, overseer of the sanctuary and city of Delphi for the Aitolian League 93
70 Delphic proxeny list 94
71 Decree of Elateia in Phokis honoring Stymphalos in Arkadia for giving refuge to the Elateians during their exile 95
72 Ordinance of King Philippos V concerning the property of Sarapis at Thessalonike 97
73 Megalopolis honors Philopoimen with heroic honors 98
74 The Spartan exiles honor Kallikrates for restoring them to Sparta 99
75 Decree of the Roman senate concerning the Sarapieion at Delos 99
76 Base for a statue of the philosopher Karneades 100
77 Treaty between King Pharnakes I of Pontos and the city of Chersonesos 101
78 Elis honors Lucius Mummius 102
79 Elis honors Polybius, son of Lykortas 102
80 Dossier concerning the arbitration of a land dispute between Messene and Sparta by Miletos 102
81 Heading for a list of Athenians who held the office of gymnasiarch on Delos 104
82 Delphi honors the harpist Polygnota of Thebes and her cousin, Lykinos 105
Chapter 5 Pergamon 107
83 The Pergamene Chronicle 107
84 Delphi honors the family of Philetairos 108
85 Victory monument of Attalos I 108
86 Dedication of booty by Eumenes II and his allies 109
87 Amphiktiones honor Eumenes II and recognize the Nikephoria 110
88 Letter of Eumenes II to the Ionian League 111
89 Delphi honors Attalos II for establishing an educational endowment 113
90 Letter of Attalos II praising Aristo[---], tutor of Attalos III 115
91 Decree of Pergamon on citizenship after the death of Attalos III 115
Chapter 6 Ptolemaic Egypt: kingdom and empire 117
92 Decree of the League of the Islanders recognizing the Ptolemaieia 117
93 Alexandrian sacred law concerning sacrifices to Arsinoe Philadelphos 119
94 Allocation of the apomoira to the cult of Arsinoe Philadelphos 119
95 Letter of Ptolemaios II to Miletos 120
96 Letter of Ptolemaios II concerning the revenues 121
97 Demotic copy of an order of Ptolemaios II concerning the preparation of a comprehensive survey of Egypt 122
98 Report on the Third Syrian War, possibly by Ptolemaios III 123
99 The Adulis Inscription of Ptolemaios III 125
100 Telmessos honors Ptolemaios, son of Lysimachos 126
101 Selections from a memorandum of instructions by a dioiketes to an oikonomos 128
102 Narrative of the establishment of the cult of Sarapis on Delos 130
103 The Rosetta Stone: selections from the Greek version of a trilingual decree (Greek, Hieroglyphic (= Middle Egyptian) and Demotic) passed by a synod of the priests of Egypt at Memphis on the occasion of the coronation of Ptolemaios V (204-180) as king of Egypt 131
104 Testament of Ptolemaios VIII Euergetes II, leaving his kingdom of Cyrene to the Romans 134
105 Persecution of intellectuals by Ptolemaios VIII 135
106 An Egyptian apocalypse: the 'Oracle of the Potter' 136
107 Amnesty decree issued by Ptolemaios VIII and his co-regents Kleopatra II and Kleopatra III 139
108 Petition of the priests of Isis at Philae 141
109 Letter of Ptolemaios X Alexander I (101-88) granting the right of asyium to the temple of Horos at Athribis 143
110 Act of obeisance to Isis by Kallimachos, governor of the Thebaid 143
111 Honorary decree for Kallimachos, strategos of the Thebaid 144
112 'Praises of Isis' 146
Glossary 149
Appendixes 155
I King lists 155
II Chronology 157
Indexes 159
I Personal names 159
II Gods and goddesses 163
III Geographical names 164
IV Subjects and terms 167
V Translated passages 172
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