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Decree of Sacrificing Associates Devoted to a Goddess (219/218 BCE) Piraeus - Attica

Piraeus (Attica, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), 219/218 BCE
GRA I 25 = IG II² 1301 = PHI 3515 = AGRW ID# 3849
Copenhagen Inventory info: 566


Marble tablet (27 x 16 x 10 cm; letter height: unknown; non-stoichedon: 36-45 letters). The goddess may be Bendis or the Mother of the gods.

In the year that Menekrates was leader (archon), in the month of Mounichion . . . proposed the following motion: Whereas the supervisors (epimelētai) who were appointed for the year that Menekrates was leader (archon) exercised their duties, after the society members (?) had voted to repair the kitchen and the . . . and, with all zeal they contributed . . . drachmas from their own resources and accomplished the things that had been voted upon with due haste.  And, therefore, in order that there might be a rivalry among those who are ambitious, knowing that everyone will receive fitting recognition who are benefactors of the members.  For good fortune, it was resolved by the society members (?) to commend those who were supervisors during the leadership (archonship) of Menekrates and to crown them with olive wreaths on account of the good will and zeal that they have exhibited towards the goddess and to all. The supervisors shall inscribe this decree on a monument (stele) which lists those who have made contributions.

Translation by: Kloppenborg

[ἐπὶ Μενεκράτου? ἄρχ]οντος. Μ[ουνιχιῶνος — — —] | [— — — εἶπεν· ἐπειδὴ] οἱ ἐπιμελητ[αὶ οἱ αἱρεθέντες εἰς] | [τὸν ἐπὶ Μενεκρ]άτου ἄρχον[τος ἐνιαυτὸν ἐπεμε]|[λήθησαν ψηφι]σαμένων τῶ[ν θιασωτῶν ὅπως ἂν ἐπι]||[σκευασθεῖ τὸ μ]αγειρεῖον καὶ τ[ — — — ] | [ — — — ἐπι]διδόντες μετὰ [πάσης φιλοτιμίας [ — —] | [δραχμὰς? ἐκ] τῶν ἰδίων, τὴν π[ᾶσαν σπουδὴν ποιούμενοι] | [ὅπως συντελε]σθεῖ τὰ ἐψηφισμέ[να· ὅπως ἂν οὖν ἐφά]|[μιλλον εἶ τοῖ]ς φιλοτ[ι]μουμέν[οις εἰδόσιν ὅτι τῶν εὐ]||[εργετημάτω]ν χάριτας ἀξίας κ[ομιοῦνται πάντες]· | [ἀγαθεῖ τ]ύχει δεδόχθαι τοῖς [θιασώταις, ἐπαι]|[νέσαι τοὺς] ἐπὶ Μενεκράτου [ἄρχοντος ἐπιμελη]|[τὰς καὶ στεφ]ανῶσαι θαλλοῦ σ[τεφάνωι εὐνοίας ἕνεκα] | [καὶ φιλοτι]μίας τῆς εἰς τὴν θ[εὸν καὶ εἰς ἑαυτούς. ἀναγρά]||[ψαι δὲ τόδ]ε τὸ ψήφισμα τοὺς [ἐπιμελητὰς εἰς τὴν στή]|[λην ἐν εἷ το]ὺς ἐπιδεδωκότας.

Item added: October 3, 2012
Item modified: April 29, 2020
ID number: 3849
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