The Oinoanda Inscription

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Fragment of The Oinoanda Inscription

The Oinoanda Inscription was an inscribed limestone wall conspicuously located in an open marketplace generally referred to as the "Esplanade" in the ancient city of Oinoanda. The inscription, commissioned by Diogenes of Oinoanda, proclaimed the wisdom of Epicurus, then deceased for five centuries. This unique text, rediscovered in the late nineteenth century, has attracted many modern readers.

Unlike most ancient cities, a great part of Oinoanda wasn't buried under the soil. The steep terrain of its locale makes it impractical to remove the inscribed blocks away from the city – so perhaps the entire inscription is still there. The wall itself, however, has long been demolished. Its blocks were used for building houses, paving streets, etc. – most probably during the early Christian era. They were discovered one by one.

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