Greek Stele Essay by RightRiters

Greek Stele
A discussion on an inscribed stone slab (stele) which depicts several images and texts, found in the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
# 23668 | 1,145 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper discusses a Greek stele dating back to the Early Hellenistic Period (about 300-250 B.C.) which depicts various divinities, the ship of the Argonauts and diplomatic text. The paper explains the shape of the stele and discusses the meaning of the text against the background of Greek history, specifically the Peloponnesian Wars. The paper also explores the importance of the deities depicted on the stele, in relation to the gods and legends of the time period.

From the Paper:

"In analyzing and interpreting the text, it is safe to assume that Timeas of Laconia is being given the authority to serve as proxy for the Boiotians. The word "proxenos" is so close to the English word "proxy," meaning someone who has the authority to act on behalf of another, that is nearly impossible that this could be a misinterpretation. Furthermore, this authority will pass on, presumably indefinitely, to his heirs.

Ergoteles, who apparently was in power when this decree was issued, was archon. An archon was a chief magistrate in ancient Athens; that is, a local official exercising administrative and often judicial functions. Therefore, it was Ergoteles' responsibility to make sure that not only was this decree carried out, but also that it was enforced."

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