ALFÖLDY GÉZA

Greek Inscriptions from the City of Tarraco (Hispania)

Tarraco (Tarragona) was the capital of Hispania Citerior in the Roman era. The Roman inscriptions of the city (over 1600 items) are being published in the volume of Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum II2/14, Pars altera, which is in press now. Beside the majority of Latin inscriptions, we also know a great number of Greek and bilingual (Latin and Greek) epigraphs from this city, which are also to be included in the new Corpus , since these provide information about the same historical questions as the Latin texts. Some of these inscriptions have not been published yet, whereas some of the others were released with an erroneous reading or interpretation. A part of them was inscribed by immigrants with Greek mother tongue; others were produced by educated locals. Chronologically, the inscriptions range from 2nd century BC to the late imperial era, proving that the Greek language and culture left its mark on every period of the history of Tarraco and that this effect was more impressive than in any other Hispanian city or even in any of the western provinces in the Roman Empire.


29 november 2010