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Priene Decree in Honour of Philip's Son Antigonus

Eloisa Paganoni    Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia    



This decree of the Ionian city of Priene was presumably displayed in the sanctuary of Athena Polias. It granted the citizenship, tax exemption, and trade freedom to Antigonus son of Philip, generally identified with Antigonus Monophthalmus. The decree passed when Hippocrates was prytanos, but the lack of elements prevents us to date it. If the honorand is Antigonus Monophthalmus, as seems, the decree dates back to the period when he was satrap of Phrygia, Lycia and Pamphylia, i.e. between 334 BC and 306 BC, because the text does not mention the royal title. Scholars try to date the document more closely. Some of them connect the honours to Antigonus with Alexander the Great’s dispositions for Priene and place the decree in 334 BC. Some others link them with Antigonus’ politics to protect the freedom of the Greek cities and suggest a dating to the 310s BC.

Dec. 20, 2017
July 9, 2017
March 5, 2017

Keywords: DecretoAntigono MonoftalmoPrieneAlessandro Magno

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