Even after the synoecism of Rhodes in 408/7 B.C., the individual cities retained some of their exclusive rights, and this inscription records that Lindos successfully prevented outsiders from becoming religious officials. Dittenberger dated the inscription to the 3rd century B.C., but it is now thought to be slightly earlier: see R.Parker, "Subjection, synoecism and religious life", page 206 ( academia.edu ).
Resolved by the mastroi and the Lindians, as recommended by the superintendents.
Superintendents chosen by the Lindians:
Men chosen to take part in the judgments:
Since the men named above have acted nobly, and have jointly ensured that the appointments at Lindos of priests and sacrificers and hieropoioi 40 and the other public officials are made from among the Lindians as is prescribed in the laws, and that the priesthoods at Lindos are not shared with those who did not hold them previously, it is resolved by the mastroi and the Lindians, to praise them because they have acted nobly concerning the sacred matters of the Lindians, and to inscribe this decree on a stone stele and to place it in the temple of Athena, so that it may be clear to all posterity that the Lindians create everlasting memorials of good men. The priest of Athena shall pay the cost of the stele and the inscription; and 50 the superintendents who are currently in office shall take care that the stele is set up in the temple of Athena.
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