Dittenberger dated this decree to the period when Ephesos was besieged by Prepelaos, the general of Lysimachos ( Diod_20.107'4-5 ); the context is explained by R.A.Billows, "Antigonos the One-Eyed and the Creation of the Hellenistic State", page 37 ( Google Books ). But the decree does not mention Antigonos, the father of Demetrios, and it has been suggested that its date should be a few years later, when Ephesos was still loyal to Demetrios but under attack from his enemies, which led to economic hardship ( see Syll_364 ).
It was resolved by the council and people, as proposed by Metras: since Archestratos of Macedonia, the son of Nikon, who is a kinsman of king Demetrios . . . and [when he was] the commander in Klazomenai, he proved himself loyal to the interests of the king and [he preserved] the corn-transport boats for the city; [therefore it is resolved by the council and the people to praise Archestratos on account of his virtue and the goodwill that he has towards the king] and the people of Ephesos; and to crown him with a golden crown, and to announce the award at the Dionysia in the theatre - [the agonothete shall take care of the announcement of the award of the crown; and to grant him citizenship on an equal and similar basis, and to assign him by lot] to a tribe and "thousand". He shall have privileged seating at the games, and freedom from taxes on what he imports or exports [to his personal home, in war and in peacetime, by land and by sea]. The neopoiai [shall inscribe this decree] in the temple of Artemis, where the other grants of citizenship are inscribed, so that everyone may know [that the people honours its benefactors with appropriate rewards.
He was allotted to . . . tribe and . . . "thousand".]
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