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Puteoli (Campania, Italy — Pleiades map), 174 CE
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This is a letter which was written to the city of Tyre, the sacred, inviolable, and autonomous metropolis of Phoenicia and of other cities, and mistress of a fleet.
To the civic leaders (archontes), Council and People of their sovereign homeland, from those settled in Puteoli (hoi en Potiolois katoikountes), greetings. Because of the gods and the fortune of our lord, the emperor, if there are any other stations in Puteoli, our station (statiōn) is better than the others both in adornment and in size, as most of you know. In the past, this was cared for by the Tyrians settled in Puteoli, who were numerous and wealthy. But now our number has dwindled to a few and, since we pay the expenses for the sacrifices and services to our ancestral gods established here in temples, we do not have the means to pay the station’s annual payment of 250 denarii, especially as the expenses for the bull sacrifice at the games in Puteoli have been imposed on us. We therefore beg you to provide for the station’s continued existence. Now it will continue if you make provision for annual payment of 250 denarii. For we took care of the other expenses and those incurred in the restoration of the station for the sacred day of our lord, the emperor, so as not to burden the city (i.e. Tyre). We also remind you that no income accrues either from shippers (nauklēroi) or from merchants (emporoi) to our station, as is the case with the station in royal Rome. We therefore beg you to make provision in this circumstance. Written in Puteoli, July 23, during the consulship of Gallus and Flaccus Cornelianus.
From the records of the Council conducted on the 11th of the month of Dios in the year 300 (= December 8, 174 CE), when C. Valerius Kallikrates son of Pausanias was presiding for the day as president. The letter of the Tyrian station was read, having been brought by Laches, one of them. In the letter, they asked to make provision of the 250 denarii for them for the sacrifices and services of our ancestral gods which are established in temples there, since they do not have the means to supply the payment for the station, 250 denarii each year, and the expenses for the bull sacrifice at the games in Puteoli have been imposed on them. For they took care of the other expenses and those incurred in the restoration of the station for the sacred day of our lord, the emperor, so as not to burden the city (i.e. Tyre). They also remind us that no income accrues either from shippers or from merchants, as is the case in the station in royal Rome.
After which, Philokles son of Diodoros said: “The members of the station (statiōnarioi) in Rome have always had the custom of furnishing the 250 denarii for those in Puteoli from what they (i.e. those in Rome) themselves receive. Now the members of the station in Puteoli also request to maintain these same arrangements for them; or, if those in Rome are not willing to furnish it for them, they undertake combining the two stations under the same leadership.” They exclaimed: “Philokles speaks well! Rightly do those in Puteoli make the request. It has always been done this way, so let it continue now. This is advantageous for the city. Preserve the custom.”
A written message was submitted by Laches son of Premogeneia and by Agathopous, his son, a Tyrian member (stationarius) of the Tyrian station which is in the colony of Augusta Puteoli. In the message, they demonstrated that our homeland furnished both stations, the one in royal Rome . . .Translation by: Harland
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