Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 487


Greek text:   IG_2².790   ( see also IG_2³.1.1029 )
Date:     c. 234/3 B.C.
Tags:     divine_honours , saviours
Format:   see key to translations

When Antigonos I and his son Demetrios gained control of Athens, they were given divine honours under the title Soteres {"Saviour Gods"}; Antigonos II was called Soter Dēmou {"Saviour of the People"} in a decree of Rhamnous ( SEG_41.75 ); and the original cult of the Soteres seems to have been revived in the reign of Demetrios II. The names of the Macedonian king and queen were later deliberately erased from this inscription, as in many other Athenian inscriptions ( see Syll_466 ).

Gods. In the year of Lysanias as archon, in the eleventh prytany of the Aiantis tribe, with Eumelos of Euonymon, the son of Empedion, as secretary; on the fourteenth day of Thargelion, which was the fourteenth day day of the prytany, in assembly; Euktaios of Ptelea, the son of Euktemon, and the other presidents put in to the vote on behalf of the presidents; it was resolved by the council and the people, as proposed by Demophanes of Halai, the son of Epizelos: concerning what the prytaneis of the Pandionis tribe have reported about the sacrifices that they offered before the assemblies to Apollo Prostaterios and Artemis Boulaia and the other gods as is customary, and that they have offered sacrifices to the gods Soteres on the appropriate days, in a fine and honourable manner; with good fortune, it is resolved by the people to accept the good omens which appeared in the victims that they sacrificed for the health and safety of the council and the people <and king Demetrios and Phthia . . .>; and since the prytaneis of the Pandionis tribe have performed all the sacrifices which were due in their prytany in a fine and honourable manner, and they have taken care of the meeting of the council and the people, and all the other tasks which were assigned to them by the laws and the decrees of the council and the people, it is resolved to praise the prytaneis of the Pandionis tribe and to crown them with a golden crown as is customary on account of their piety towards the gods and their honourable conduct towards the council and the people [of the Athenians]. The secretary of the prytany shall inscribe this decree on a stone stele and set it up [in the prytaneion]; and for the cost of the inscription . . .

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