Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 214


Greek text:   TAM_3.1.2
Provenance:   Termessos, Pisidia 
Date:     189-133 B.C.
Tags:     autonomy , democracy , freedom , treaties-cities
Format:   see key to translations

After the Treaty of Apameia, Pisidia nominally came within the Attalid sphere of influence, but cities like Termessos were determined to remain independent. This alliance may have been intended to give protection against aggression by the Attalid kings; see E. Kosmetatou, "Pisidia and the Hellenistic Kings from 323 to 133 BC", p. 28 ( ).

There is a German translation of the inscription in R.M. Errington & I. Mossong, "Die Verträge der griechisch-römischen Welt von ca. 200 v. Chr. bis zum Beginn der Kaiserzeit", p. 493 ( Google Books ).

. . . to both [cities]. [The people of Adada and the people] of greater Termessos made a treaty on these terms, through . . . son of Terkandas, Arteimas son of Apoll..., [their] envoys, and [they swore an oath on behalf of the Termessians]. On these terms the people of greater [Termessos] and [the people] of Adada renewed [their alliance]:   [to offer a sacrifice to Zeus and] the other gods of kinship, [that] this friendship and alliance [may be advantageous to] the peoples, [and may remain genuine and steadfast] for all time, while the Termessians and Adadeis maintain the alliance and goodwill 10 [towards each other] with complete autonomy [and freedom]; if anyone [attacks in war] the city or the territory of the Termessians, [or the territory of their associates, or] attacks the city or the territory of the Adadeis, or the territory of their [associates], or destroys their laws or their revenues [or the existing] democracy in either of the cities, [they shall come to the aid] of each other as much as they possibly can, going [in full strength] from their territory, as soon as the announcement is made, [genuinely and] unhesitatingly, sending an allied force to those [who summon them], within ten days from when 20 the envoy or letter-bearer arrives to summon them; the summoning party shall command [the allied force], and the summoning party shall provide [the commander] for it, paying the expenses incurred [for it] every month, from the day when the allied force arrives, and they shall provide him with money for [all the costs] that arise.

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