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héσoto, because in that case the lacuna between frags. 10 and 15 would be so large that an impossibly long Thracian list would be created in I. G. 12, 204. Whatever the length of I. G. 12, 193 as determined by fragments 10 and 15, it must be approximately the same when measured on fragments 7 and 12, which extend also into I. G. 12, 204 and determine the length of the Thracian list in that inscription.
Granting, as we must, the validity of the restoration here proposed, the word [Avλ]iãтai, on the obverse face of fragment 15, falls in line 25 of I. G. 12, 193, and Col. v may be restored entire as containing 31 lines (30 of text proper). The distance from the top of the prescript of I. G. 12, 193 down to the top of the prescript of I. G. 12, 194 measures 0.458 m.2
At the left hand side of the inscription, in Col. I, the measurement is greater, for the prescript of I. G. 12, 194 slopes up from left to right across the face of the stone. The degree of this slope is such that the distance from the prescript of 193 to the prescript of 194 at the left hand side of the inscription may be determined as 0.472 m. Col. I contained 32 lines (31 of text proper).
The length of the inscription I. G. 12, 194 is determined by the relative position of fragments 12 and 18, which are fixed in their relation to each other by continuity of readings in I. G. 12, 204. When the two fragments are properly placed, the length of I. G. 12, 194 may be determined readily by direct measurement on the face of the stone. From the top of the prescript of I. G. 12, 194 to the top of the prescript of I. G. 12, 195 is 0.653 m., of which the lower 0.120 m. was left uninscribed on the stone.
The inscription proper, therefore, occupied 0.653 m.0.120 m. = 0.533 m., of which 0.022 m. was devoted to the prescript. The lists of names occupied 0.511 m. It is possible
2 Since the above paragraphs were written Dr. West has been able to rearrange frags. 10 and 15 in the reconstructed stele at Athens. actually join in the positions which we have determined for them. construction needs no further demonstration. We leave the graphs, however, as an example of epigraphical method.
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to determine also by exact measurement that 10 lines of text occupy 0.160 m., and the inscription therefore contained 32 lines (33 lines, counting the prescript as line 1).
This means that the final Ol of line 21 of the Corpus forms the continuation of the letters .Ep of line 13-and the name should be restored to read [A]eço[iμávi]oi. For the spelling cf. Meritt, "Tribute Assessments in the Athenian Empire from 454 to 440 B.C.," A. J. A. XXIX, 263 and 268. The editors of the Corpus have wrongly indicated only 8 letter spaces before the final Ol of line 21. There are in reality 9, as may be seen facsimile copy of the inscription ac
by a reference to the companying this article (Plate II).
The restoration of Col. v in I. G. 12, 194 leads far afield and necessitates a consideration of inscriptions on all four sides of the large stele. The problem may be stated briefly as follows:
Fragment 20, which belongs in the last column of I. G. 12, 194, and which is described by Kirchhoff in I. G. 1, p. 94 as undique mutilum, preserves, in fact, part of its lateral face which belongs in I. G. r2, 198. The stone has been correctly built into the large stele in Athens by Lolling as a corner fragment.
It is of course impossible to restore the items on the lateral face of frag. 20 in their proper relation with frags. 48, 49, 51, and 52 of I. G. 12, 198 before the relative position of these fragments has also been determined. Fragments 48 and 52 are again corner fragments which appear on the reverse face of the large stele in I. G. 12, 201, where the determination of their respective positions depends on the exact reconstruction of the length of that inscription.
The length of I. G. 12, 201, finally, is determined exactly by the relation of fragments through I. G. 12, 204 and 205 on the left lateral face of the large stele.
The chain of proof is long, but none the less sound, and the first step is the accurate determination of the length of I. G. 12, 201.
The end of the prescript of I. G. 12, 201 appears on frag. 69,