Of Battle, Booty, and (Citizen) Women: A “New” Inscription from Archaic Axos, Crete

by Paula J. Perlman

Hesperia, Volume 79, Issue 1
Page(s): 79-112
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40835455
Year: 2010


The author proposes a join between two previously unassociated inscribed blocks from Axos, Crete. These Archaic inscriptions (IC II v 5 and IC II v 6) are now lost, but published descriptions and drawings of the blocks, along with the text that results from this virtual join, strongly support their association. The new, composite text preserves part of a law or interstate agreement and appears to concern rituals attendant to war; it is examined here in the broader context of Cretan dedicatory habits and society during the Late Iron Age and the Archaic period.