When Gnaius Acerronius Proclus and Gaius Pontius Petronius Nigrinus were consuls, decree of the Assians on the proposal of the People: Since the rule of Gaius Caesar Germanicus Augustus, which all men had hoped and prayed for, has been proclaimed and the joy of the world knows no bounds, and since every city (polis) and every people has been eager for the sight of the god, as if the happiest age of humanity had now begun, it was resolved by the Council, the Romans engaged in business (pragmateuomenoi) among us, and the People of Assos to arrange an embassy consisting of the foremost, distinguished Romans and Greeks to visit him (i.e. Caligula) and express joy, and to beg him to remember and care for the city, just as he also promised our city on his first visit to the province with his father Germanicus.
Oath of the Assians: We swear to Zeus Soter (“Saviour”), god Caesar Augustus, and the ancestral holy Maiden (i.e. Athena) to have good will towards Gaius Caesar Augustus and his whole household and to consider as friends whomever he may choose as friends and to consider as enemies whomever he accuses. If we swear truly, may it go well for us, but if we swear falsely, the opposite will happen. The ambassadors offered themselves at their own expense: Gaius Varius Castus son of Gaius of Voltinia tribe, Hermophanes son of Zoilos, Ktetos son of Pisistratos, Aischrion son of Kalliphanes, and Artemidoros son of Philomousos. The ambassadors prayed to Capitolinian Zeus (i.e. Jupiter) for the safety of Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus and they sacrificed in the name of the city.Written/translated by: Harland
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