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SEG XLI 739 Crete. Eleutherna. Law On Drinking. Late Sixth Century B.C.

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A slightly tapered stele of local limestone broken above and below; the sides survive with intermittent damage. The stone was found in 1987 in the eastern apse of the late Roman/early Christian building at the site called Pyrgi (Eleutherna II 1, 13 fig. 3). The text is inscribed boustrophedon in two paragraphs (A-B), the first starting from the left, the second from the right, between deeply cut guidelines. It seems that the inscription is a city law, as has been noted, and that it is concerned with drinking, evidently of wine. The first paragraph would concern the citizens, allowing sympotic drinking at a festival. The second would concern the priest, requiring him to stay sober, though it seems to have discussed additional cultic matters as well.

Keywords: Crete; Eleutherna; Pyrgi; SEG XLI 739; sympotic drinking; wine



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