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Honors by Soteriasts for Diodoros the Founder (37-35 BCE) Athens - Attica


Athens (Attica, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), 37-35 BCE
GRA I 48 = IG II² 1343 = PHI 3559  = ID# 3960


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The stone was from the temenos of Artemis Soteira, outside the Dipylon Gate.

The association (koinon) has honored Diodoros son of Sokrates from Aphidnai subdivision (in a crown).

In the year that Theopeithes was leader (archōn), on the sixth of the month of Mounichion: Whereas Diodoros son of Sokrates of Aphidnai has continued to be well-disposed to the association of Soter-devotees (Soteriastai; Soter = Savior), doing in both word and deed what is beneficial for the synod (synodos).  And whereas he shared responsibility for the initial gathering (syllogē) and, having also created the synod, he remained as its head of the contribution-society (archeranistēs), and having served as treasurer (tamias) in the year that Euthydomos was leader (archon), he presided over the foundation of the synod.  During the year that Nikandros was leader (archon) he continually exerted himself as treasurer and similarly he enhanced the common funds.  Tirelessly he made himself available and, in the year that Diokles of Melite was leader (archon), as he served as treasurer, he did what is right to the fullest.  As to the present, in the year that Kallikratides was leader (archon), serving as treasurer, he has showed earnestness and zeal in respect to the association. And when he was appointed as priest of Artemis Soteira (“Savior”) during the year that Menandros was leader (archon), he sacrificed with favorable omens and, not being addicted to money, he hosted the contributors (eranistai) at his own expense, spending not a little money. On account of all these things, the synod, having been the beneficiaries of his assiduousness and zeal, proposed unanimously that those who are to introduce motions on their behalf – that is, Leukios son of Artemidoros of Azenia subdivision, Demetrios son of Artemidoros of Lamptrai, Diotimos son of Demetrios of Kephisia, and Philippos son of Philippos of Ikarion – should bestow the appropriate honors. For good fortune, it was resolved by the association of the Soter-devotees, whose head of the contribution-society is Diodoros son of Sokrates of Aphidna, to commend Diodoros son of Sokrates of Aphidna and to crown him with an olive wreath on account of the zeal that he has continually shown for the synod. He is to be crowned yearly by whoever happens to be the treasurer in the same way that the priests and the head of the contribution-society are crowned. There shall be a proclamation, that “the association of the Soter-devotees crowns Diodoros in accordance with this decision (dogma).” This decision shall be inscribed on a monument (stele) and set up in the sacred enclosure of Soteira, so that when these things have been completed, all members might be zealous to enhance the synod, seeing that its founder obtained a fitting token of good will and a memorial. Leukios son of Artemidoros of Azenia proposed the motion. Those in favour of enacting the decision: sixty. Those opposed: none.

Translation by: Kloppenborg



(in a crown): Διόδω|ρον Σω|κράτους | Ἀφιδναῖ|ον vac.

|ἐπὶ Θεοπίθου ἄρχοντος, Μουνιχιῶνος | ἕκτῃ· ἐπ[ε]ιδὴ [Δι]όδωρος Σωκράτου Ἀφ[ι]|δναῖος εὔνους ὢν δ[ια]τελεῖ τῶι [κοινῶι] τῶι | Σωτηριαστῶν καὶ λόγῳ καὶ ἔργωι πράττω[ν] τ[ὰ] || συνφέροντα τῇ συνόδωι, γενηθεὶς δ[ὲ] | καὶ παραίτιος τῆς ἄνωθεν συλλογῆς καὶ | τὴν σύνοδον αὐτὸς κτίσας ἀρχερανισ[τ]|ὴς ὑπέμεινεν, καὶ ταμιεύσας ἐν τῶι ἐπὶ | Εὐθυδόμου ἄρχοντος ἐνιαυτῶι προεστά||τησεν τοῦ θεμελιωθῆναι τὴν σύνοδον· ἀ|διαλίπτως δὲ ἐπαγωνιζόμενος καὶ ἐν | τῶι ἐπὶ Νικάνδρου ἄρχοντος ἐνιαυτῷ ταμιεύ|σας ὡσαύτως εὔξησεν τὰ κοινά· ἀκοπίατον δὲ | ἑατὸν παρεχόμενος καὶ ἐν τῷ ἐπὶ Διοκλέους || Μελιτέως ἄρχοντος ἐνιαυτῶι ταμιεύσας ἐποί|ησεν ἐκ πλήρους τὰ δίκαια καὶ τὰ νῦν ἐν τῶι | ἐπὶ Καλλικρατίδου ἄρχοντος ἐνιαυτῷ ταμιεύσας π[ᾶ]|σαν εἰσηνέγκατο σπουδὴν καὶ φιλοτιμίαν περὶ τῶν κοι|νῶν· κατασταθεὶς δὲ καὶ ἱερεὺς τῆς Σωτείρας ἐν τῶι ἐ||πὶ Μενάνδρου ἄρχοντος ἐνιαυτῶι ἐκαλλιέρησεν καὶ ἀφιλαργύρως | ἱστανόμενος ἡστίασεν τοὺς ἐρανιστὰς ἐκ τῶ〚ι〛ν {τῶν} ἰδίων | ἀναλώσας οὐκ ὀλίγον χρῆμα· ἐφ’ οἷς ἅπασιν ἡ σύνοδος ἀποδε|ξαμένη τὴν ἐκτένειαν καὶ φιλοτιμίαν αὐτοῦ ὁμοθυμα|δὸν προεβάλετο τοὺς εἰσοίσοντας αὐτοῖς τὰς καθηκού||σας τιμὰς Λεύκιον Ἀρτεμιδώρου Ἀζηνιέα, Δημήτριον Ἀρτε|μιδώρου Λαμπτρέα, Διότιμον Δημητρίου Κηφισιέα, Φίλιππον | Φιλίππου Ἰκαριέα· τύχῃ ἀγαθῆι, δεδόχθαι τῷ κοινῶι τῶν Σωτηρι|αστῶν, ὧν ἀρχερανιστὴς Διόδωρος Σωκράτους Ἀφιδναῖος, <ἐπαινέσαι Διόδωρον Σωκράτους Ἀφιδναῖον> καὶ | στεφανῶσαι θαλλοῦ στεφάνωι ἐφ’ ᾗ ἔσχηκεν πρὸς τὴν σύνοδον || ἀδιαλίπτωι φιλοτιμίᾳ· στεφανοῦσθαι δὲ αὐτὸν καθ’ ἕκα[σ]|τον ἐνιαυτὸν ὑπὸ τοῦ ἀεὶ ἐσομένου ταμίου καθὼς καὶ οἱ | ἱερεῖς καὶ ὁ ἀρχερανιστής· ἀναγορεύεσθαι δὲ ὅτι τὸ κοι|νὸν τῶν Σωτηριαστῶν στεφανοῖ Διόδωρον κατὰ τὸ δό|γμα. ἀναγράψαι δὲ τόδε τὸ δόγμα εἰς στήλην λιθίνην || καὶ ἀναθῖναι ἐν τῶι τεμένει τῆς Σωτείρας, ἵνα τούτων | συντελουμένων πολλοὶ ζηλωταὶ γίνωνται τὴν |〚τὴν〛 σύνοδον ἐπαύξειν, βλέποντες τὸν κτίσαντα τυγ|χάνοντα τῆς πρεπούσης εὐνοίας τε καὶ μνήμης. | Λεύκιος Ἀρτεμιδώρου Ἀζηνιεὺς εἶπεν· vv τῶ〚ι〛ν {τῶν} ψή||φων αἷς ἐδόκει τόδε τὸ δόγμα κύριον εἶναι, ἑξήκον[τα]· | αἷς δὲ οὐκ ἐδόκει οὐδεμία.

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