Antipatros of Derbe, Akmoneia and Rome in a Notebook of William Mitchell Ramsay

Marcus CHIN – Leah LAZAR   42–52

Doi: 10.36991/PHILIA.202003 

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Abstract: This article presents new readings in a late Hellenistic honorific inscription found at Uşak, recorded by William Mitchell Ramsay in 1914. The inscription, erected by an unidentified Phrygian community, honours Antipatros of Derbe, a Lycaonian dynast known from passages in Cicero and Strabo. After presenting a revised text and translation, the authors discuss the unpublished readings and explore the historical significance of this fragmentary and enigmatic inscription. They build on previous discussions of Antipatros’ role as a supra-civic intermediary between Asia Minor and Rome, but also explore what this text, somewhat unusual in its first century B.C. context for its honouring of a foreign individual, can tell about the development of civic culture in Phrygia in the late Hellenistic period.

Keywords: Antipatros of Derbe, William Mitchell Ramsay, Akmoneia, Phrygia, honorific inscription.




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