Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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Greek and Latin inscriptions on stone


Alan Johnston

The Greek (and one partly Latin) inscriptions on stone from Naukratis cover a broad period (from c. 525 BC to the 3rd century AD) and a wide range of themes, hardly different from the record of any Greek city-state. Most have received very adequate treatment in earlier publications, but the record is now a little fuller following the excellent corpus presented by André Bernand in 1970. They usefully supplement the record of ceramic inscriptions and literary texts with regard to the cults at Naukratis, and are significant in our basic understanding of the administration of the polis. At the ‘edges’ are small soapstone ostraka and notations on architectural members.

Petrie’s photograph of two inscribed fragments, the lower one identifying the site as Naukratis (present location unknown). Photograph © Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, PMAN2681