The choice of Amphipolis as a focus of research was determined mainly by: a) the fact that the city was the most important urban centre in ancient Eastern Macedonia, with an unbroken history from her foundation as an Athenian colony (437 BC) to Late Antiquity [for a concise outline of the history of the city see D. Lazaridis, Αμφίπολις και Άργιλος (Αρχαίες Ελληνικές πόλεις 13), Athens 1972] and F. Papazoglou, Les villes de Macédoine à l’epoque romaine, BCH Suppl. XVI, Athens/Paris 1988, 393-397] and b) the fact that despite its importance no synthetic study of its history has yet been published. The composition of such a work requires both a compilation of the literary sources [see J. Papastavrou, Amphipolis. Geschichte und Prosopographie, Klio Beiheft 37, Leipzig 1936] and the edition of a corpus of the relevant inscriptions. It should be noted that only a fraction of the Amphipolis inscriptions are covered by M. B. Hatzopoulos’ contribution Actes de vente d’Amphipolis, Μeletemata 14, Athens 1991, which deals exclusively with epigraphic texts recording deeds of sales.