Gods! In the year that Polystratos was civic leader (archōn), on the 8th of the month of Hekatombion, at the regular assembly, Sosias son of Hippokrates made the motion: Whereas, the People of Athens granted to the Thracians, alone of all of the immigrant groups (ethnē), the right to own property (enktēsis) and to build a sanctuary in accordance with the oracle of Dodona and to have a procession from the hearth of the building of the civic presidency (prytaneion). Now those who have been chosen to build a sanctuary in the Asty think that both groups should be favorably disposed to each other, so that the sacrificing associates (orgeōnes) may also be seen to be obedient to the law of the city, which orders the Thracians to have their procession continue to the Piraeus, and being favorably disposed towards the sacrificing associates who are in the Asty. For good fortune, the sacrificing associates resolve that, when those in the Asty choose to arrange the procession, the procession shall therefore proceed from the building of the civic presidency to the Piraeus in the same procession with those members from the Piraeus. Further, they resolve that the supervisors in the Piraeus shall promise to supply sponges in the sanctuary (or: during the festival) of the Nymphs and to supply cups, water, wreaths, and a meal in the sanctuary, just as they prepare for themselves.
When the sacrifices occur, the priest and the priestess shall pray – in addition to the prayers that they normally pray and in the same way – for the sacrificing associates who are in the Asty, so that when these things take place and the entire immigrant group (ethnos) lives in concord, the sacrifices and other rites shall be made to the gods, in accordance with both the ancestral customs of the Thracians and the laws of the city. So that it will turn out well and in a manner reflecting piety for the entire immigrant group (ethnos) in matters concerning the gods.
Furthermore, if one of the sacrificing associates (of the Asty) should wish to have access to the sacrificing associates (of the Piraeus) concerning some other matter, they shall always have priority following the sacred rites. Also, if one of the sacrificing associates of the Asty should wish to join the sacrificing associates, they may do so, and receive portions of the sacrifice without paying the fee, for life, the portion . . .Written/translated by: Kloppenborg
Item added: September 17, 2012
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