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Hellenistic inscription found in northwestern Turkey


Searching through an ancient villa in northwestern Turkey, Turkish archaeologists have uncovered an inscription dating back some 2,200 years.

Hellenistic inscription found in northwestern Turkey
Credit: AA
Lead excavator Gurcan Polat of Ege University said the dig in the ancient Greek city of Antandros in the northwestern Balikesir province was carried out in two areas, including a Roman-style villa on a hillside.

"We've been excavating this villa since 2001,” in a dig co-organized by the Culture and Tourism Ministry and Edremit Municipality, he told Anadolu Agency.


“During this year's dig, we found a well that we think belonged to the house,” which is where the 22-line inscription emerged, he added.

The inscription has an official decree and was sent to experts, but some of it was unreadable and needed more study.

It includes “a text about honouring and giving privileges to a commander who was sent to Antandros by King Eumenes I of Pergamon and [King] Attalos.”

Source: Anadolu Agency [November 19, 2018]

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