Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 331


Greek text:   IG_7.1
Date:     after 306 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription is usually dated to the time of Demetrios I, who captured Megara in 307 B.C., but some scholars have suggested that it belongs to the reign of Demetrios II (239-229 B.C.). For a recent review of the arguments on either side, see C. Chrysafis, "A Note on the history of Hellenistic Megara: The date of the Antigonid garrison in Aegosthena" ( ResearchGate ).

When Apollodoros son of Euphronios was "king", Dameas the son of Damoteles was secretary of the council and the people, and the following men were generals:

Since the inhabitants of Aigosthena have reported that Zoïlos of Boeotia, the son of Kelainos, who has been appointed by king Demetrios to be commander of the soldiers at Aigosthena, has acted well towards them and also has ensured that his soldiers are well disciplined, and he has conducted other matters in a good and well-disposed manner, and the inhabitants recommend that because of this he should be honoured by the city; with good fortune, it is resolved by the council and the people to crown Zoïlos of Boeotia, the son of Kelainos, with a golden crown; and that he should be made a citizen of the city of Megara, himself and his descendants; and that he should be given privileged seating at all the games that the city holds. The secretary of the people shall inscribe this decree on a stone stele and place it in the Olympieion, so that all may realise that the people of Megara honours those who act favourably towards either the city or the villages, in word or deed.

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