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COMENSES

Eth. COMENSES a people of Galatia, mentioned by Pliny (5.32) among those of some note. Hamilton (Researches, vol. i. p. 413) discovered the remains of an ancient town at Akjah Tash, NE. of Angora, which he thinks may be the city of the Comenses of Pliny. There is an eminence which may have been an acropolis; and there are many ancient remains in the walls of houses in the village. He copied two Greek inscriptions, one of which (No. 100, Appendix), “was on a large block of stone, with a bas-relief above, representing the bust of a Roman senator.” The other inscription (No. 101) “was on a stone in the wall of the same house, with two figures above, and below them a half-length figure with the toga, enclosed within a wreath or garland.” He says that the second inscription leads him to think that this place is the site of Come, the capital of the Comenses. But this is very doubtful. The inscription contains κωμης, but it may be part of a word. At any rate, this part of the inscription is not intelligible.

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