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Lease of the Temple of Egretes by Sacrificing-associates (306/305 BCE) Athens - Attica

Athens (Attica, Greece and Macedonia — Pleiades map), 306/305 BCE
GRA I 7 = IG II² 2499 = RIG 1356 = PHI 4740 = Greek Economic Inscriptions 023 = AGRW ID# 3611
Copenhagen Inventory info: 242


Slab of white marble (65 x 27.5 x 7 cm; letter height: 0.4 cm; stoichedon: 28 letters) discovered on the slope north of the Hill of the Nymphs (see bibliography and discussion in GRA I 7). Cf. Ferguson 1944, 79-81 (no. 2).

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 deducted 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.

Translation by: Kloppenborg

[θε]οί. | [ο]ἱ ὀργεῶνες ἐμίσθωσαν τὸ ἱερὸν το|[ῦ] Ἐγρέτου Διογνήτωι Ἀρκεσίλου Με|λιτεῖ εἰς δέκα ἔτη ∶ΗΗ∶ δραχμῶν τοῦ ἐ||{ε}νιαυτοῦ {ἐνιαυτοῦ} ἑκάστου, χρῆσθαι τῶι ἱ|ερῶι καὶ ταῖς οἰκία<ι>ς ταῖς ἐνωικοδ|ομημέναις ὡς ἱερῶι. περιαλείψει δ|ὲ Διόγνητος καὶ τῶν τοίχων τοὺς δε|ομένους, ἐνοικοδομήσει δὲ καὶ κατ||ασκευάι καὶ ἄλλ’ ὅ<τ>αν τι βούληται vac. | Διόγνητος. ὅταν δὲ ὁ χρόνος ἐξίηι vac. | αὐτῶι τῆς δεκαετίας, ἄπεισιν ἔχων | τὰ ξύλα καὶ τὸν κέραμον καὶ τὰ θυρώ|[μ]ατα, τῶν δ’ ἄλλων κινήσει οὐθέν. ἐπι||[μ]ελήσεται δὲ καὶ τῶν δένδρων τῶν vac. |ἐν τῶι ἱερῶι πεφυκότων, καὶ ἄν τι ἐγ|λείπει, ἀντεμβαλεῖ καὶ παραδώσει | τὸν αὐτὸν ἀριθμόν. τὴν δὲ μίσθωσιν | ἀποδώσει Διόγνητος τῶι ἀεὶ ταμιε||ύοντι τῶν ὀργεώνων ἑκάστου τοῦ ἐν|ιαυτοῦ τὴμ μὲν ἡμίσεαν τὰς ∶Η∶ δραχμὰ[ς] | τοῦ Βοηδρομιῶνος τῆι νουμηνίαι, vac. |τὴν δὲ λοιπὴν τὰς ∶Η∶ δραχμὰς τοῦ Ἐλα|φηβολιῶνος τῆι νουμ<η>νίαι. ὅταν δὲ|| θύωσιν οἱ ὀργεῶνες τῶι ἥρωι τοῦ Βο|ηδρομιῶνος, παρέχειν Διόγνητον τ|ὴν οἰκίαν, οὗ τὸ ἱερόν ἐστιν, ἀνεωιγ|μένην καὶ στέγην καὶ τὸ ὀπτάνιον v| καὶ κλίνας καὶ τραπέζας εἰς δύο τρ||ίκλινα. ἐὰν δὲ μὴ ἀποδιδῶι τὴμ μίσθ|ωσιν Διόγνητος ἐν τοῖς χρόνοις τοῖς | γεγραμμένοις ἢ τἆλλα μὴ ποεῖ τὰ ἐν | τῆι μισθώσει γεγραμμένα, ἄκυρος vac. | ἔστω αὐτῶι ἡ μίσθωσις καὶ στερέσθω || τῶν ξύλων καὶ τοῦ κεράμου καὶ τῶν vac. | θυρωμάτων, καὶ ἐξέστω τοῖς ὀργεῶσι | μισθοῦν ὅτωι ἂν βούλωνται. ἐὰν δέ τις | εἰσφορὰ γίνηται, ἀπὸ τοῦ τιμήματος | τοῖς ὀργεῶσιν εἶναι. ἀναγράψαι δὲ || τὴμ μίσθωσιν τήνδε Διόγνητον εἰς | τὴν στήλην τὴν ὑπάρχουσαν ἐν τῶι ἱ|ερῶι. χρόνος ἄρχει τῆς μισθώσεως vac. | ἄρχων ὁ μετὰ Κόροιβον ἄρχοντα. vac.

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