Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 14


Greek text:   Halikarnassos_17
Provenance:     ? Halikarnassos , Caria
Date:   c. 303/2 B.C.
Tags:     freedom
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription contains a decree of Halikarnassos, in response to a decree sent to the city from Troizen. The historical context is probably the campaign of Demetrios in the Peloponnese in 303 B..C., during which he expelled the garrisons of Kassandros - Zenodotos may have acted as an officer of Demetrios; see R.A.Billows, "Antigonos the One-Eyed and the Creation of the Hellenistic State", page 440 ( Google Books ).

. . . in Troizen on a stele in the temple; and to praise Zenodotos son of Baukideus, since the Troizenians have written in the decree which they sent to the city that he acted as a good man towards the people of Troizen, and arriving at the right time, he offered assistance and endeavoured with them to achieve the freedom of the city and the withdrawal of the garrison, in a manner worthy of his fatherland and of the kinship and goodwill 10 that exists between his city and the Troizenians; and to invite him to dinner at the prytaneion.

It was resolved by the people, as proposed by Iatrokles son of Pythion: the other things shall be as the council voted; and the decree about the Troizenians that the council initiated shall be inscribed on a stone stele and placed in the temple of Apollo; the exetastai shall take care of the inscription, and the [(?) treasurer] shall give money for the cost of the inscription 20 .

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