Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 73


Greek text:   IG_9.1.97
Provenance:     Elateia , Phocis
Date:   early 3rd century B.C.
Tags:     inviolability ,   isopoliteia ,   leagues
Format:   see key to translations

If this inscription is correctly dated, it provides early evidence both of a Greek state claiming inviolability and of the re-emergence of an independent Phocian League. For a warning against attemping to date it too accurately, see K.J.Rigsby, "Asylia", page 156 ( Google Books ). The translation is adapted from J.McInerney, in "Federalism in Greek Antiquity", page 219 ( Google Books ).

It was resolved by the league {koinon} of the Phocians that the temple of Poseidon and Amphitrite on Tenos and the island itself shall be inviolable, and that for the construction of the god's temple the league shall give five minas for the present, and later, once the Phocians have the means, the league shall send an amount proportionate to the war-indemnity as befits the gods and the kinship which exists between the Phocians and the Tenians; and to praise the city of the Tenians for taking good care of the temple and renewing their kinship with the Phocians; and that the Tenians shall enjoy the same isopoliteia that has been granted to everyone in Phocis; and that a mina shall given to Thestias son of Diaitas, the theoros; and the phokarchai shall invite him to a state banquet. This decree shall be inscribed on three steles; one shall be erected in the the temple of Athena Kranaia, one in the agora at Elateia, and the other at Delphi. The phokarchai shall pay the expenses, and the artisteres shall see to the installation.

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