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Athens and Siphnos
17.19 Athens, Agora I 5410 1st-2nd q. 4th c. Plate 52

Found in April 1938 among marbles collected near south end of Stoa of Attalos (P 12). Part of left edge of relief and inscription preserved, back rough-picked. Surface worn, flaked, with dark stains. White, medium-grained marble. p.h. 0.267, p.h. of relief 0.06, p.w. 0.168, th. 0.073, relief h. 0.01, h. of letters 0.007-0.01.

The fragmentary inscription concerns an agreement between Athens and Siphnos regarding punishment in cases involving Athenians at Siphnos. At the left are the lower legs of a female figure, perhaps Athena, seated on a rock facing right. She sits with her right leg slightly extended, her left leg drawn back. Coming from beneath her himation are traces of her peplos. Woodhead thought that the agreement might be related to similar symbolai with Keos and Naxos in the years before or after the Social War. A date even earlier in the second quarter of the century is also possible for a document concerning a member of the Second Athenian League (IG II2 43, l. 126). The rounded, doughy folds of the drapery call for a date no more specific than the first half of the fourth century (cf. nos. 14, 16, 18).

A. G. Woodhead, Hesperia 26 (1957) 231-33 no. 87, pl. 59; SEG 17.19; G. E. M. de Ste. Croix, CQ ns 11 (1961) 109; SEG 19.48; Bengtson, 258-59 no. 294; SEG 21.245; Henry, Prescripts, 33; J. Cargill, The Second Athenian League: Empire or Free Alliance? (1981) 137; Meyer, 284 A 66.

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