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

Base of statue for Agasikles

Originally published by Vasiliy Vasil'yevich Latyshev, commentary by Ella Isaakovna Solomonik

This base of statue is made of white marble and dates to the 3rd century BC. According to Pavel Sumarakov's information, it was discovered in 1794 and then transported to Odessa. After the Second World War, the stone was handed to the museum of Chersonesos, where it is stored at this moment. There are eight inscriptions carved in its sides and encircled by relief ivy and laurel wreathes. Some of the inscriptions are greatly damaged.


«The people (set up the statue of) Agasikles, son of Ktesios.

(in the wreathes:)

Who proposed the decree of the garrison and organized it.

Who delimitated (or planted) vineyard in the plain.

Who was a wall-builder.

Who organized (?) the marketplace.

Who was a strategos.

Who was a priest.

Who was a gymnasiarchos.

Who was an agoranomos».


This Agasikles was awarded with highest honors undoubtedly because he was a great public figure in Chersonesos: he was elected to important state posts and provided several measures to improve the chora and the city and to strengthen the defense of the latter.

Strategos - meant "general", who was usually elected annually to command the army (militia).

Gymnasiarchos - was one of the most honorable offices in Greek city-states. Gymnasiarchos was responsible for training and teaching the youth and sport competitions organization. No public funds were granted for these purposes, so rich people were usually elected gymnasiarchoi.

Agoranomoi - were those who controlled the marketplace. Their duties included the establishment and controlling the order of the trading places, and perhaps the price controlling of certain commodities; they also had the lists of all craftsmen in the city. This was an elective office.

Translation by © N. Khrapunov.

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