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Cisterns In The Astynomoi Law From Pergamon

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This chapter focuses on the abundant water infrastructures brought to light during the excavations of Pergamon. The author looks at Pergamene cisterns and their use during the centuries elapsed between the first issue of the Astynomoi law and its re-engraving with the support of archaeological and epigraphical evidence. The chapter provides a brief overview of the archaeological results and the analysis of the Astynomoi law. It then provides a historical assessment of the water-provision strategy conceived by the authorities in second century B.C. and A.D. Pergamon. The astynomoi inspected cisterns following mainly two criteria, i.e., cisterns were not to be filled with earth and had to be watertight or covered. Eumenes II and then Hadrian committed to providing Pergamon with water and the essential infrastructures for it. Hadrians interest for Asia Minor is well known and equally known are his travels throughout this area, perhaps also to Pergamon.

Keywords: Astynomoi law; Eumenes II; Hadrian; Pergamene cistern



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