Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 569


Greek text:   Sylloge_569
Date:     c. 201/0 B.C.
Tags:     walls+fortifications
Format:   see key to translations

This decree clearly refers to the same events that are described in the decree for Diokles ( Syll_568 ). But while Diokles was involved in fighting against enemy forces attacking Kos, Theukles contributed to the war effort by introducing measures to improve the defence of the island and by paying for the improvements with his own money.

[It was resolved by the people] of Halasarna, [as proposed by the neopoiai Nikarchos son of Charmippos, Timasikles] son of Herakleitos and Nossylos [son of Polymnastos]: since [Theukles has continually] shown the greatest goodwill towards the people of Halasarna, and considers that it is fitting to demonstrate his good attitude at the most critical moments; and during the Cretan war, when he noticed that the most important places were poorly defended and needed to be secured, he brought it to a vote and provided money for it, taking care in advance that the fort should be strengthened as quickly as possible, so that the local inhabitants might remain in safety along with their wives and children; and he took care in advance of the other matters pertaining to the security and safety of the people of Halasarna, lacking nothing in zeal and honourable conduct; and in the war that has occurred, when he anticipated the enemy's attack and the greatness of the peril, he provided an adequate amount of money for the maintenance and strengthening of the walls; and because he was eager that the money for the forts should remain intact and available in the future, he intervened in politics to ensure that there were strong and fitting measures against those who disobeyed the decrees of the assembly; and when the enemy launched an attack with light galleys and many other boats against the city {of Kos} and its territory, he initiated a vote both about the matters pertaining to our public safety and security, and about the re-introduction of a roster of guards, and by this he released the citizens of our township from acting as guards in the city, because he considered that they should remain in their own district and assist in maintaining the guard-posts; and establishing a guard appropriate for the critical situation, he took the most earnest care of the city and the fort, increasing both the number of the guards and their pay; and when raids were made against the territory, he composed a motion expressing his concern for the protection of the cavalry and the foot-soldiers, and for the safety of the inhabitants of Halasarna; and he ordered the men who were in charge of these matters to keep a watch on the places; and when the people, approaching the council and the whole people {of Kos}, explained how they were in need of weapons and completely lacking the necessary equipment, he decided to do everything in his power to assist the people, and provided money for the arming of the men who were assigned to guard the fort; and when the whole people hired the ready material for the preparation of the stoa {next to the wall} for the needs of war, in his concern about the restitution of it, he provided the money for it from his own resources, free of interest; and in the other matters pertaining to the protection and security of the people, he has continually done and written everything that was possible; therefore, so that the people of Halasarna, as is our ancestral custom, may be seen to honour good men in a manner worthy of the benefits that have been bestowed on us, and so that Theukles may be encouraged by the honours he receives to be yet more eager in providing assistance to the people, it is resolved to praise Theukles the son of Aglaos on account of his virtue and his goodwill towards all the citizens and the people of Halasarna; and to crown him with a golden crown of 50 Alexandrian gold pieces; and the neopoiai shall arrange for this decree to be inscribed on a stone stele and shall place it in the most prominent position in the temple of Apollo at Halasarna.

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