Two Horos Inscriptions of the Bouleuterion of the Areopagus: Epigraphy and Topography

by Gerald V. Lalonde

Hesperia, Volume 82, Issue 3
Page(s): 435-457
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2972/hesperia.82.3.0435
Year: 2013


Agora I 5054, an inscription excavated in 1937 on the northeast slope of the Areopagus, was first published as a dedication of the Boule of the Areopagus with traces of a failed earlier version of the text. Reexamination of the stone has revealed that the inscription is a palimpsest of two successive horoi of the Bouleuterion of the Areopagus from the 5th and 4th centuries. The stone's architecture and the textual layout suggest that the inscription was built into a peribolos wall at the bouleuterion's entrance. Replacement of the older horos (ḥό̣ρ̣[ος τε̑ς(?)] β[ο]λε̑ς) with the later one (βολη̑ς ἐξ Ἀρείο πάγο) may reflect the renewed importance of the Areopagus beginning ca. mid-4th century B.C.