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Honors by the People and Merchants for a Sidonian (332/331 BCE) Athens - Attica

Athens (Attica, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), 332/331 BCE (?)
IG II² 343 (Add. p. 659) = PHI 2560 = AGRW ID# 5446


A group of merchants and shippers (which may or may not be an ongoing guild) had recommended offering the honors for this immigrant from Sidon in Phoenicia. The Sidonian himself may also have been involved in trade. The immigrant and his descendents are granted the right to own property and to build on that property, since in theory foreigners needed permission to own property at Athens, at least in the Hellenistic period (cf. AGRW 10 = IG II² 337).

. . . Anagyrasios proposed:  Whereas the merchants (emporoi) and shippers (nauklēroi) made known that Apollonides son of Demetrios, Sidonian, is a good man who also displays goodwill toward the Athenian People, the People resolved to praise Apollonides son of Demetrios, Sidonian, and to crown him with a gold crown worth one thousand drachmas on account of his virtue and goodwill which he has in relation to the people of the Athenians.  The People also resolved to consider him, as well as his children, as a guest and benefactor of the people of the Athenians; to grant his right to possess property and a household according to the law; and, to have the clerk inscribe the decree of the People on a monument (stele) of white stone which will be set up on the acropolis, with the treasurer supplying . . . drachmas from the expenses to cover the cost of inscribing the monument (stele) for the People.

Translation by: Harland

[— — — τῶν προέδρων ἐπεψήφιζ]|[ε]ν Ἐπαμεί[νων ․․․․․ c.13 ․․․․․․]η̣σ̣ι̣․․․․ c.9 ․․․․ | Ἀναγυράσιο[ς εἶπ]ε[ν· ἐπειδὴ οἱ ἔ]μπο[ροι καὶ να]|ύκληροι ἀπ[οφαίνου]σι[ν Ἀπολλω]νίδη[ν Δημητρ]||ίου Σιδώνιο[ν ε]ἶ[ναι] ἄ̣[νδρα v ἀγα]θ̣ὸν v κ[αὶ εὔνο]|[υ]ν τῶι δήμωι τῶι Ἀθηναί[ων, δε]δόχθαι τῶ[ι δήμωι] | [ἐ]παινέσαι Ἀπολλωνίδην [Δημ]ητρίου Σι[δώνιον] | [κ]αὶ στεφανῶσαι αὐτὸν v χρυ[σ]ῶι στεφάνω[ι ἀπὸ] | [χ]ιλίων δραχμῶν ἀρετῆς ἕνεκα καὶ εὐνοία[ς τῆ]||[ς] εἰς τὸν δῆμον τὸν Ἀθηναίω[ν]· καὶ εἶναι αὐ[τὸν] | [π]ρόξενον καὶ εὐεργέτην τοῦ δήμου τοῦ Ἀθ[ηναί]|[ων] αὐτὸ̣ν καὶ ἐκγόνους· εἶναι δὲ αὐτῶι καὶ [γῆς] | [κ]αὶ οἰκίας ἔγκτησιν κατὰ τὸν νόμον. ἀναγ[ράψαι] | δὲ τόδε τὸ ψήφισμα τὸν γ[ρ]αμματέα τῆς βου[λῆς] || ἐν στήλει [λιθί]νει καὶ στῆσαι ἐν ἀκροπό[λει], | εἰς δὲ τὴ[ν ἀναγραφὴν] τῆς στήλης δοῦν[αι τὸν] | ταμίαν τ[οῦ δήμου ․․․] δραχμὰ[ς ἐκ] τῶν [εἰς τὰ κα]|[τ]ὰ ψηφίσμα[τα ἀναλισκ]ομένων τῶι [δήμωι].

Item added: November 7, 2012
Item modified: January 19, 2016
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