Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 53.1229


Greek text:   IStratonikeia_3.1418
Provenance:   Lagina , Caria
Date:   soon after 190 B.C.
Tags:     freedom ,   leagues
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription was published, without a translation, by M. Şahin, "A Hellenistic Decree of the Chrysaoric Confederation from Lagina" ( 2003, PDF ). The date assigned to it is based on the assumption that the war mentioned in lines 14-15 was the Second Macedonian War. Because of the fragmentary state of the text, and the lack of any previous translation into a modern language, parts of the translation are very tentative.

It was resolved by the league of the Chrysaoreis, as proposed by Leon . . . , since [Aristonidas] of [Stratonikeia], son of Aristeides, . . . he went on a military campaign . . . eagerly and they honoured . . . at [his] personal expense . . . he brought a crowd of them, of considerable size, into the city, 10 and it happened that he excelled greatly in the war and in his actions [against] the opponents, doing what was necessary for the people of Alabanda; and when the city was again in danger, and (?) removing . . . out of the persons in Stratonikeia he received some of them on his land, and (?) others in the city, undertaking the expense from his personal resources; and when the Rhodians and their allies were involved in a war, and the Stratonikeians for their part appointed him as (?) envoy . . . [to those] who were going carelessly . . . everything [as an] eager combatant . . . he went abroad [on behalf of] his fatherland, [paying] for his own expenses; and he asked . . . a considerable amount [of silver money], and to give implements 20 and [weapons] and . . . three thousand drachmas to the city and because of this it happened that the Stratonikeians . . . the [citizens] welcoming him as protector of the place . . . [? the region] in which the temple of the league is situated . . . the Stratonikeians were [in danger] because of the war . . . he wished in this matter also to refrain from nothing that might bring advantage [to the nation]; he received the Pisyētans . . . to the city of Mylasa and 30 . . .

. . . 50 when the Chrysaoreis dissolved the council . . . city, and court cases were introduced . . . to Rhodes, and remaining there until the court case happened, at his own expense, by striving earnestly he ensured that the Stratonikeians were neither the victims of perverted justice nor overcome by factions, but [in the end] they were successful in the court case; and his uncle Menandros [? provided] assistance . . . of sufficient for the freedom . . . he [ensured] the freedom of Alinda; therefore so that the Chrysaoreis may preserve the memory of their benefactors, it is resolved by the league to praise Aristonidas of Stratonikeia, son of Aristeides, 60 and to crown him with a golden crown, and also to place a bronze statue [of him] in the [temple] of Zeus Chysaorios, in the most prominent place near [the ? shrine], on the other side of the altar . . . and he [shall have] privileged seating at the games on account of his virtue [and the goodwill that he continually has] towards the populace of the Chrysaoreis . . . instructions; and the hieromnemones shall make the [announcement] of the award of the crown and the statue [during the festival] of (?) Helios that is held by the Chrysaoreis, [and they shall inscribe] on the base as follows: "The league of the Chrysaoreis honoured Aristonidas of Stratonikeia, son of Aristeides, with [praise], and a golden crown, and a statue, 70 and privileged seating at the [games], on account of his virtue and the goodwill that he continually has towards the [populace] of the Chrysaoreis."

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