Road construction unearths Byzantine inscription tablet

Construction workers discovered a Byzantine Era stone tablet in a field in Karaman province, central Turkey. The stone tablet contains writing in Greek that was possible to be read.

Byzantine tablet (by Hurriyet Daily News)
Byzantine tablet (by Hurriyet Daily News)

The Greek writing was deciphered by experts. It forms a message that says: “Hello, friend. May you receive twice that of which you wish for me,” and contains  the words “proastion – topothesia”. The word proastain is generally used for suburbs in ancient resources. From the late ancient age, this word began to be used for landholding rich people. The word topothesia was used to define a imaginary places that do not exist. This word is observed in commercial documents unearthed in Egypt, meaning big land and region. So the inscription states that a rich person had property there. Experts state, that a similar inscription has been found in the Central Anatolian province of Konya.

(after Hurriyet Daily News)

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