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

The treaty of alliance between Chersonesos and Pharnakes I

Originally published by Latyshev, commentary by Solomonik, translated by Burstein.

Marble slab (the top is broken). Found in 1908 in the north-eastern part of the ancient city, where it had been reused for the facing of a well.

Dates to 179 BC.


"(...) but we shall attempt to preserve his kingdom to the best of our ability so long as he remains in friendship with us and preserves friendship with the Romans and does nothing against them. May all be well with us if we do not violate our oath and the opposite if we do. This oath was sworn on the fifteenth day of the month Herakleios when Apollodoros son of Herogeiton was king and Herodotos son of Herodotos secretary.

The oath which king Pharnakes swore when Matris and Herakleios went on embassy to him:

"I swear by Zeus, Gaia, Helios and all the Olympian gods and goddesses. I will be a friend of the Chersonesites for all time. If the neighboring barbarians march against Chersonesos or the territory ruled by the Chersonesites or injure the Chersonesites and they summon me, I will come to their aid if I can, and I will not plot against the Chersonesites nor will I do anything against the Chersonesites which might harm the Chersonesites, but I will attempt to preserve the democracy to the best of my ability so long as they remain in friendship with me and swear the same oath and preserve friendship with the Romans and do nothing against them. May all be well with me if I do not violate my oath and the opposite if I do.

This oath was sworn in the one hundred fifty-seventh year, in the month Daisios, on king Pharnakes' year-count"


In front of us is a treaty of mutual assistance and friendship between Chersonesos (the beginning of the oath of the Chersonesites is missing) and Pharnakes the king of Pontos.

The king of Chersonesos in this inscription was an elective official who performed some religious ceremonies on behalf of the state. Therefore, this 'king' differs form the one of Pontic kingdom, which latter term referred to a monarch. The king of Chersonesos was eponym of the year: that is to say, the year was called after the king who performed his duties in that period. Eponym of the month was the secretary, who performed his duties during this month. In the given case, secretary was the citizen of Chersonesos Herodotos son of Herodotos.

Translation by © N. Khrapunov.

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