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New imperial subscripts to the Spartans

By D. Graham J. Shipley and A. Spawforth


Full text of this item is not currently available on the LRA. The final published version is available at http://www.jstor.org/stable/30104534.A stone built into the church at Kokkin6rachi near Sparta carries part of a first-century AD text containing one or more imperial rescripts to Sparta. The author of one section admonishes the Spartans after civil unrest, probably during the lifetime of the dynast Eurykles, his son Lakon, or his grandson Spartiatikos. Epigraphic parallels, and the text's appeal to historic traditions, suggest that the author is Claudius. The document may indicate that communication between cities and emperors by 'petition and response' was more widespread now than in the post-Hadrianic era, when cities are thought generally to have addressed the emperor by letter

Publisher: British School at Athens
Year: 1995
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/7726
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