Resolution of the association (koinon) of performers (technitai) gathered around Dionysos which are in Ionia and the Hellespont and those around Dionysos Kathegemon (“Dionysos the Leader”). Whereas the Iasians are friends, kin, and benefactors who maintain . . . their long-standing goodwill and (?) . . . friendship towards the performers. . . and maintain the honors that have been given to the association of performers gathered around Dionysos by the Greeks according to the . . . oracles and by the (?) . . . Romans, our common benefactors and saviors. And whereas they have demonstrated all possible zeal and pursuit of honor in former times concerning the celebration (?) of the contests . . . having the choice . . . zeal (?) and eagerness, and at the current. . . time (?). . .
To good fortune. It was resolved by the association of performers gathered around Dionysos: In order that . . . salvation, to offer (?) to Dionysos and the Iasians for the completion of the contests held by them for Dionysos from the registered performers who are also members of our . . . synod (?) . . ., maintaining our friendship from ancient times: 2 pipers, 2 tragedians, 2 comedians, a lyre-player who sings, and a lyre-player, so that they may lead the choruses for the god according to their ancestral decrees, and to offer their services. . . All those assigned to celebrate the Dionysian contests at the determined times will supply everything in accordance with the laws of the Iasians. Let any of those assigned by the gathering (plēthos) who does not go to Iasos or does not celebrate the contests pay a fine to the association of performers gathered around Dionysos in the amount of 1000 Antiochean drachmas that are sacred and unavoidable to the god, unless the person was unable due to illness or bad weather. Let such a person be excused of the fine by making a defence before the gathering, bringing forward clear proof and being acquitted by vote according to the law.
In order that the Iasians may recognize the eagerness of our gathering (plēthos) and the zeal we have for our friends in the most pressing times, ambassadors are to be chosen who, on arriving at Iasos, will deliver this decree to the presiding officials and, on approaching the Council and the People, will explain the honors decreed for them. Renewing the existing privileges granted to one another by our ancestors, they will invite the Iasians to maintain their familiarity with the association of performers gathered around Dionysos, consistently increasing their friendship with the goodwill that existed between our ancestors. They specified the following as ambassadors: Ploutiades the singer and player of the lyre, Lysimachos the tragic poet, and Nikostratos the tragic fellow-contestant. The following were assigned together with their crews: the pipers, Timokles and Phaitas; the tragedians, Poseidonios and Sosipatros; the comedians, Agatharchos and Morias; the lyre-player who sings, Zenotheos; the lyre-player, Apollonios from Samos. This was ratified when Apollonos was crown-bearer for the third time, after Menes son of Tyrtaios, on the sixth of the month of Apatourion.Translation by: Harland
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