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Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 45


DECREE OF KOS CONCERNING THE PREPARATION OF SHIPS


Greek text:   IscrCos_ED.49
Date:   205/4 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

The inhabitants of the Aegean islands had to take a series of measures to protect themselves against the threat of attack (particularly by Cretans) towards the end of the 3rd century B.C.



When Ariston [was monarchos], on the first day of the month of . . . [As recommended] by the presidents: Timlykos son of Timolykos, Kleomytadas son of Kleomedon, Aratos son of Makareus, Lykon son of Antimachos and Makareus son of Philokleidas. Since the undecked ships have been completed, which the people voted to make for the protection of the temples and the city and the countryside; with good fortune it is resolved by the people that the appointed trierarchs shall send to the ships, the one a [figure-head] of Herakles for the stern, and the other an [image] of Asklepios [for the prow]; and in order that what the people [has voted may be completed as quickly as possible] . . .

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