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Lease (frag.) of a Temple of the God Hypodektes by Sacrificing Associates (ca. 300 BCE) Athens - Attica

Athens (Attica, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), ca. 300 BCE
IG II² 2501 = PHI 4742  = ID# 23100


Stone found in the western part of Athens. Cf. Ferguson 1944, 81-82 (no. 3).

To good fortune.  The sacrificing associates (orgeōnes) leased the temple (hieron) of the god Hypodektes . . . to Diopeithes son of Diopeithes from Sphettos subdivision, to him and his descendents for all time (?) . . .  He may have use of the sanctuary (temenos) and the temple of Hypodektes . . . as a temple (?).  They are to pay to the . . . sacrificing associates the (?) . . . lease payment of 50 drachmas each year on the first of the month of Boedromion.  On the 14th of Boedromion (i.e. the day on which the sacred objects were brought to Athens from Eleusis), when all the sacrifices are offered, they are . . . to make available the temple (?) . . . to the sacrificing associates, providing wreaths, oiling. . . the statue of the god (?) . . ., and removing the covers for the day. . . (10) (five and a half very fragmentary lines that refer to rooms, the treasury, and the temple) . . .

. . . But if they do not treat (?) . . . the sanctuary of Hypodektes as sacred or if they do not make the lease payment to the sacrificing associates according to what is prescribed or . . . to prepare it for the sacrifice and to do what is prescribed, the lease will be void, and it is lawful for the sacrificing associates to demand for the return of the sanctuary of the god.  (20) These articles of the agreement are to be inscribed and placed in the common archives (grammateion), and Diopeithes is to inscribe them on a slab of stone and set them up in the temple by the statue of the god.

Translation by: Harland

[ἀγαθ]ῆι [τύχη]ι. | [οἱ ὀργε]ῶνες ἐμίσθωσαν <τὸ ἱ>ερὸν τοῦ Ὑποδέκτο[υ Διοπείθει Διοπ]|[είθους Σφη]ττ[ί]ω[ι αὐτῶι καὶ ἐκγό]νο[ι]ς αὐτοῦ εἰς τ[ὸν ἅπαντα χρόν]|[ον], χρῆσθαι τῶι <τ>[εμ]ένε<ι> [καὶ τῶι τοῦ] Ὑποδέκτου ἱερῶι [ὡς ἱερῶι. ἀποδιδό]||[ναι δὲ] αὐτοὺς τοῖς [ὀργεῶσι τὴν] μίσθωσ<ιν> 𐅄 δραχμὰς ἑκάστ[ου τοῦ] | [ἐνιαυ]τ<ο>ῦ τεῖ νουμηνίαι τοῦ [Βοηδ]ρ[ομι]ῶνος μηνός, τεῖ δὲ τετρά[δι ἐπὶ] | [δέκα ὅ]ταν ἱεροῖς ἀπαντ<ῶ>σιν παρέχει<ν> αὐτοὺς τοῖς ὀργεῶ[σι τὸ ἱε]|[ρὸν ἀν]εωιγμένον <καθ’> ἡμέρα<ν> καὶ ἐστεφανωμέν[ον, τὸ δὲ ἄγαλμα τοῦ] | [θεοῦ ἀλ]ηλειμμένον καὶ [τὰ καλύ]μματα ἀποδ<εδυ>μένο[ν ․․․c.9․․․]ΝΛ․․ || [— —]ΕΝΗΡΓ․Ν[— —]ΕΧΩΟΛΙΤΟΥΣ[— —]Λ[— —] | [— ε]ἰς τὴν οἰκί[α]ν πα[— —]τὸν [— —] δέκα [— —]ΚΛΙ | [— —]ΠΩΜΕΝΑΥ τῶι ταμείωι τῆς [— —]Κ․․․ΜΙ[— —]ΚΑΙ[— —] | [— —] ἱερῶι καὶ τἆλλα ΛΛΙΕ․․․Ι[— —]ΣΑΙ[— —]ΜΩΝΠ[— —] | [— —]ειν ὅτι ἂν ΝΑΛΟ․ΙΕ․․ΚΕ[— —]Ι․․ΙΙ[— —]ΙΑΑΠΟΟΤΑΛ[—] || [․․․ Δ]ιοπε[ί]θ<η>ς [․․․ca.9․․․]ΝΛ[. . ca.4․ . ἐὰν δὲ] μὴ [χρῶντ]α<ι> [τ]ῶι τεμέν[ει τοῦ] | [Ὑποδ]έκτου ὡς ἱερ<ῶ>ι [ἢ] τὴν μίσθω[σιν μὴ ἀποδιδῶσιν τοῖ]ς [ὀ]ργε[ῶσιν] κα<τ>[ὰ] | [τὰ γ]εγραμμένα [ἢ ․․․]ι ἄλλων τι[․ ․ca.7․ ․]ΝΑΕΙ παρασκευάζειν αὐτὰ | [εἰς] τὴν θυσίαν καὶ π<οιε>ῖν τὰ γεγραμμένα, ἄκυρ<ο>[ν αὐ]τοῖς εἶναι τ<ὴν> | [μίσ]θωσιν κα[ὶ] ἐξέστω τοῖς ὀργεῶσι[ν ἀπ]α[ιτ]ε[ῖν?] παρ’ αὐτῶν τὸ τέμ<εν>[ος] || [τ]οῦ θεοῦ. ἀναγράψαι δὲ τάσδε τὰς συνθήκας τοὺς μὲν ὀργεῶνα[ς] | εἰς τὸ κοινὸν γραμματεῖον, Διοπείθην δὲ εἰς στήλην λιθίνην καὶ | στῆσαι ἐν τῶι ἱερῶι παρὰ τὸ ἄγαλμα τοῦ θεοῦ. vac.

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