The sacrifice mentioned in this decree, made by the Athenians for "the crops in their fields", was probably prompted by concerns for the city's food supply during the Chremonidean War; see G.J.Oliver, "War, Food, and Politics in Early Hellenistic Athens", page 131.
. . . resolved by the people, as proposed by Aischylos . . . concerning the report that the archon has made about his sacrifices to Dionysos, with good fortune it is resolved by the people: that the people accept the good omen, which as the archon reports occurred in the sacrifices that he made on behalf of the health and safety of the council and the people of Athens and the crops in their fields; and since the archon has performed the other necessary sacrifices on behalf of the council and the people in a fine and pious manner; and he has taken care of the procession of Dionysos with his associates and the overseers; and he has continually taken care of the duties of his office according to the laws; therefore to praise the archon Nikias of Otryne, the son of Philon, and his advisors, Alkimachos of Myrrhinous the son of Kleoboulos and Antiphanes of Otryne the son of Polykrates, on account of the piety and the honourable conduct which they have continually displayed towards the Athenian people; and also to praise the overseers of the procession:
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