Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 768


Greek text:   Mylasa_134
Date:     31 B.C.
Tags:     Roman_letters
Format:   see key to translations

The sufferings of Mylasa during the invasion by Labienus in 40 B.C. are also described in another inscription ( THI_9 ). This translation is taken from D.Braund, "Augustus to Nero", no. 535 ( Google Books ). For another English translation, see R.Sherk, "Rome and the Greek East to the Death of Augustus", no. 91 ( Google Books ).

Imperator Caesar, son of the divine Julius, consul designate for the third time, to the magistrates, council and people of the Mylasans, greetings. If you fare well, it would be well. I too am well with my army.   In the past too you sent embassies to me, before, concerning the fate that has befallen you. and now there have come before me the envoys Ouliades . . . . . . that . . fell . . . of the enemy and the city was taken and that many captured citizens were lost, many murdered, some even burnt with the city, the barbarism of the enemy not even sparing the holiest shrines and temples. And they informed me also about the plundering of the countryside and the burning of homesteads, so that you met misfortune in every way. In regard to all this I knew that you had suffered these things and that you had earned honour and favour from the Romans . . .

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