Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 36.548


Greek text:   SEG_36.548
Provenance:   Metropolis , Thessaly
Date:   250-200 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Metropolis was a city in Hestiaiotis, Thessaly. It was governed by a few members of the local aristocracy; this inscription lists only 15 names, of which several are father-and-son pairs. The inscription is written in a peculiar local form of Aeolic dialect, far removed from "standard" Greek.

The incription was published with a French translation and commentary by B. Helly, "La convention de Basaidai" ( Persée ). The religious aspects are discussed by M.Mili in "Religion and Society in Ancient Thessaly" (2014). The translation is adapted from G.Horrocks, "Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers", p.33 ( Google Books ).

God. Good fortune. Agreement for those of the Basaidai belonging to the four tribes and participating in perpetuity in the taga {chief magistracy}, both for themselves and for the offspring issuing from them. It shall not be permitted to accept anyone into equality of privilege nor should they assign the taga outside the clan. If anyone does not abide by these provisions, let him be expelled from the clan and pay a talent of silver to the clansmen. Names of the clansmen:

Witnesses of these provisions [in the presence of Apollo] Hekatombaios: the priest [at Metropolis], the priest for Polichnai.

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