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Royal Correspondence: 47


LETTER OF ATTALOS THE BROTHER OF EUMENES II

Original text:   IMT_934
Date:     185 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

The background to this letter has been discussed by B.Dignas, "Economy of the Sacred in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor", pp.43-4 ( Google Books ).


[A]   Attalos to . . . greetings . . . [the chief-]priest of [Apollo] Tarsenos and the accompanying inhabitants of the . . . delivered to us [a petition], making a just request, [and we have granted] them tax-exemption on their sheep [so that they are no longer to pay] the [tithe due] from them. They wish that the grant be inscribed on a [stone] stele. [Give orders therefore] that it be erected by . . . in the temple and when this has been inscribed (?) . . . to be sent concerning this . . . to be in the temple . . . Farewell. Year 12, 16th day of Dystros. Menandros brought the letter from Pergamon.

[B]   . . . the chief priest and the inhabitants of the land of Apollo Tarsenos who accompanied him . . . handed over a petition requesting freedom from taxes on their livestock and . . . these things recorded on a stele . . . he dedicated a bowl . . . therefore you will do well, in the sacrifices that you perform on behalf of our safety, to display even further the goodwill that you have towards those who are eager to increase the revenues and honours of the god . . .

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