Decree honoring Diophantos

Inscription honoring the emperor Zeno

Civic Oath of Chersonesos

Decree honoring Syriskos the historian

Base of statue for Agasikles

Proxeny decree for an ambassador from Mithridates Eupator

Decree honoring ambassadors from Herakleia

Base of statue for Aristonos

Treaty of alliance with the king Pharnakes I

List of those who won sport competitions

Inscription about the tax on prostitution

Fragment of a decree about the fortress of Napites

Inscription about construction of a city gate

Dedication to the goddess Nemesis

Inscription regarding the liberation of Kalos Limen

Decree honoring the emperor Marcus Aurelius

Decree honoring Gaius Julius Satyrus

Proxeny for a citizen of Sinope

Epitaph in verse on stele for Xanthos

Inscription on the stele set up by doctor

Epitaph in verse on stele for Oinanthe

Short epitaphs

Decree honoring Syriskos the historian

Originally published by Latyshev, commentary by Solomonik

Consists of three fragments of white marble slab. The top is decorated by pediment with image of laurel wreath. It is not known where and when was this inscription found. It was published in 1881, by V.N.Yurgevich, in the 12th volume of "Zapiski Odesskogo obshchestva istorii i drevnostey." The other fragments were found in 1908 in the north-eastern area of the ancient city.

The monument dates to the second half of the 3d century B.C.


"Herakleidas son of Parmenontos proposed: whereas Syriskos son of Herakleidas, having diligently described the appearances of Parthenos, read (the above), and about the relations towards the kings of Bosporos told, and the relations with the cities that were peaceful investigated according to the people's dignity, so in order to do him appropriate honors, be it resolved by the council and the people to praise him for that, and for the symmnamones to crown him with a golden wreath at the 21th day of Dionysia, and to make the (following) proclamation:

«The people crowns Syriskos son of Herakleidas for he described the appearances of Parthenos and the relations with the cities and the kings that were peaceful investigated truly and according to the state's dignity;" for the symmnamones to write this people's resolution on a stone slab and set up in the narthex of the temple of Parthenos; and for the treasurer of the sacred funds to provide the expense arising in these connections. These things were resolved by the council and the people, on the tenth day of the month (...)»"


This inscriptions mentions the most ancient historian Syriskos who described "the appearances of Parthenos", barbarians' attacks and other dangerous events from which Parthenos had saved her city, as well as the relations between Chersonesos and Bosporan kingdom and other states. For his historical works, which unfortunately did not preserve to these days, Syriskos was awarded with a golden wreath during festival of Dionysia. Similarly to Herodotus, he read his histories in public, probably in the theater, which existed in Chersonesos as early as the mid-3rd century B.C. Mentioned by the inscription symmnamones were the officials responsible for religious ceremonies and giving awards to the citizens.

Translation by © N. Khrapunov.

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