Gods! The sacrificing associates (orgeōnes) leased the temple of Egretes to Diognetos son of Archesilas of Melite, for a period of ten years, at an annual rent of 200 drachmas. He may have use of the temple and the houses which are built there as a sanctuary. Diognetos shall whitewash the walls as they require it; he shall build and furnish it whenever he wishes. When the period of ten years elapses, he will depart, taking with him the wooden fixtures and the tiles and the doors, but he will remove nothing else.
He shall take care of the trees that have been planted in the sanctuary, and if any should die, he will replace it and return to the lessors the same number of trees. Diognetos shall pay the rent to whoever is the treasurer of the sacrificing associates, each year, one half, or 100 drachmas, on the first of the month of Boedromion, and the remainder, being 100 drachmas, in the first of the month of Elaphebolion.
Now when the sacrificing associates sacrifice to the hero in the month of Boedromion, Diognetos shall make available the house, where the shrine is, the open part and the shed and the kitchen, along with couches and tables for two triclinia. If Diognetos does not pay the rent at the times that have been indicated or if he does not carry out the other provisions that are recorded in this lease, the lease shall be void and after the wood and tiles and doors have been removed, the sacrificing associates shall be entitled to re-lease the sanctuary to whomever they wish. If some special tax should be levied, it shall be deductedd from the payment due to the sacrificing associates. Diognetos shall inscribe this lease on the stele that belongs to the sanctuary. The lease shall be in effect beginning with the civic leadership (archonship) of Koroibos.Written/translated by: Kloppenborg
Item added: September 27, 2012
Item modified: February 23, 2016
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